5 Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to guarantee the end user is presented with the most useful analysis possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc.:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering 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 received the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to include with the assignment. 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.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to call us at 504-887-7025

  4. Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report 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, and it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection and will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!


  6. Our website is a great resource for following 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 to track the status of your report.