Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is always testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..

Order your appraisals electronically.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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 manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add 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 elements 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to track the status of your report.