Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee their client receives the best information available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Graham Appraisal is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Graham Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some tips you can do to lower turn times when you order an appraisal with Graham Appraisal.

Order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will make the house appraise higher. And will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many 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 become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.