5 Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best analysis that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, dda is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since dda knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from dda:

  1. Order your appraisals online. By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment 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 you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete. 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 sales from the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique details. 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 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money . So they choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Easily follow 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 is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.