Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, MJP Appraisal Group is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At MJP Appraisal Group we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with MJP Appraisal Group.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 sales from the area 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.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at

Let us know up front of the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute 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 features 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 will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise higher. And will reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Are you using our website as a resource to verify 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. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.