Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is always testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- 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 pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
- 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 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.