5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is continuously testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 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?
- 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 sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they have 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
- Why not our website as a resource to follow 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.