Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to accelerate the process each time you order an appraisal with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 appraisal we're working on for you.
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, 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 early on will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. And will delay the inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 track your report's status.