Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user has the best information to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is always acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations 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 re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always 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 assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering 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. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many 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 become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status?
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.