A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly 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, we've listed a couple of tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 good information to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — 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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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics 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 features 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 sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this 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 the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.