5 Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Not uncommonly they think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they've been 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. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.