A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Clark Lunde is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Clark Lunde we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of tips you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal with Clark Lunde.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the notion that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners believe they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 and faster to keep track of the status of your report.