Some Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the most useful analysis. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Rosenblatt's Appraisal Service is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Rosenblatt's Appraisal Service knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Rosenblatt's Appraisal Service:


  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial. 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 443-664-5386

  4. Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. 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. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an 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 early on is likely to make your report arrive sooner.

  5. What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Thinking that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a short explanation 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. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to track the status of your report? 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 keep track of the status of your report.