A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC is always testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify 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 area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 or easier way to track your report's status.