Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Some think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the value. So they reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily follow 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 your report's status.