Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to guarantee their client is presented with the best information. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Abra, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Abra, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few items you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal with Abra, Inc.:

  1. Order your appraisals on the Internet. By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.

  2. 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 is good information to include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. You're always free to call us at 904-625-5064 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 distinct details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive quicker.

  5. What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, thinking that will increase the appraised value . So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status? No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 faster and easier to track your report's status.