There are a lot of options between AVM and full-blown traditional appraisals – With Class Valuation, understand what options are best for you!

The CER allows our lending partners to quickly acquire the valuation of a property while staying within the guidelines set by the regulatory groups. The CER is an AVM based product for speed that reconciles against the property condition report to ensure a complete valuation product is delivered. Typically this is delivered within three days of ordering and can be upgraded to a Class Valuation Desktop Qualitative Report (DQR) as needed.

The DQR is a restricted, hybrid appraisal report that allows for a comprehensive review of the property by an appraiser in the market area of the property. Class will send a Professional Property Scanner to gather the exterior data for the local appraiser to review and opine on the value. An interior review can also be completed by the third party if required due to loan size or property type.

Leveraging Class Valuations best-in-class technology, we are able to provide completely comprehensive, accurate appraisals through a hybrid (or bi-furcated) digital process. This process leverages the expertise of an appraiser but is completed much faster through the use of third-party property data collection. By bifurcating the process and sending a Professional Property Scanner to collect all necessary data (a digital twin of the property, including a virtual tour, photos, interior and exterior measurements and floorplans, etc.) we’re able gain more insight into the subject property without adding a substantial time to the process. A licensed appraiser will then leverage this comprehensive suite of property data to opine on the value and complete the appraisal report.

If you don’t agree with the value of the appraisal, the mortgage professional who submitted the order for the appraisal has the opportunity to submit a value dispute, or Reconsideration of Value (ROV). An ROV can be submitted to Class, including an outline of why you do not agree with the value. This can (and should) identify things like errors or inaccuracies on the report, different comparable sales from the area, or anything that you feel changes the value of the subject property. This ROV is reviewed by our management team, who then works with the appraiser to come up with a final decision. Learn more or begin an ROV request here.

An appraisal includes a few steps. First, the appraiser contacts the listed “point of contact” (usually the current homeowner and/or listing agent) and schedules the inspection. There are several different types of appraisals and inspections that go along with this. Some are exterior only, some are interior and exterior, and some even include a professional property photographer virtually scanning the full interior of the property.

Following the inspection, the appraiser completes a report – identifying all details of the home that add or detract from the property value. The appraiser also compares the subject property to other homes in the area (called “Comps”) that have sold recently. In this process, they look for homes with similar build, room count, geographic similarities, and recently sold properties.

Once the appraiser comes up with a value, the completed report is sent back to the Class Valuation. We run the report through our Class INtelligence rules engine to rapidly identify possible issues. Our quality control team then completes the QC Examination as flagged by Class INelligence. If revisions are needed, it is returned to the appraiser. Once the revisions are completed, the appraisal is considered complete and is returned to the lender.

How long an appraisal takes may vary substantially based on many variables, including overall market volume, property location, property complexity, appraiser capacity, and revision needs. This can generally range from a few days to a few weeks. If you’re a broker and would like to understand more accurate turn time averages in your region, log in to Fast Track Pro and click “County Dashboard.” This will show you the average turn times from Class Valuation for the last 30 days in each county nationwide.

Once the appraisal report is complete, it will be turned in to the lender. Once the lender has your completed report, homeowners/borrowers can request a copy directly through the lender/broker.

Appraisals need to be ordered by the mortgage professional managing/coordinating the loan. If this is you, and you are looking to place your first order, visit the Class Appraisal Scope page to get started. If you are a homeowner or borrower, you must work through your broker or lender for this process as we do not contract directly with consumers.

Preparing for an appraisal is simple! You can expect a call from the appraiser to schedule the inspection. Prior to the inspection, make sure that all rooms are easily accessible as the appraiser will need to see (and possibly photograph) every room. Also make sure the home is clear of any possible hazards, such as exposed wire, etc.