A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data 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 are helpful data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.