Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the most useful information possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Cotter Valuation Group is continuously testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Cotter Valuation Group knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Cotter Valuation Group:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with your assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at 6026706558

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value . So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Our website is a great resource for following your report's status. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.