5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client has the best information to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Are you telling us up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report?
- 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.