Some Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user receives the best data available. To keep up 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 more efficiently. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Make sure 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 are great data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Be sure to let us know about the unique characteristics of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info 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. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status?
- 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. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.