A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure the end user has the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.