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A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Russell Appraisal Service is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Russell Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Russell Appraisal Service.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. And will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.