5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few things you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order from CMJ Appraisals & Investments LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, 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! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive faster.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting 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, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 is available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.