A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best data that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Southmost Realty Appraisals & Consultants is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Southmost Realty Appraisals & Consultants we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Southmost Realty Appraisals & Consultants:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your assignment. 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 be different from yours.

  3. You're always free to call us at (956) 412-1357 if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique elements. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute 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, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Believing that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will put off the appointment until it is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of 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 our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Use our website to follow 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.