Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process - all to ensure the end user receives the best information. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. 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 whenever you order an appraisal with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc.:

  1. Order your appraisals electronically. With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is essential. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass along with your request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers must always 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, don't hesitate to contact us

  4. Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique features 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Do the occupants know what to expect? Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Many commonly think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value and will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Easily verify the status of your report on our website. 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.