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Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to ensure the end user receives the most useful information possible. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Maryann Ostolaza Appraisal Services, Inc. is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Maryann Ostolaza Appraisal Services, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with Maryann Ostolaza Appraisal Services, Inc.:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass along with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to call us at 239-593-8142

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the value . So they put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Easily follow the status of your report on our website. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.