A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to hasten the process when you order an appraisal from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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 appraisal we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.