A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure the end user receives the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to decrease turn times each time you order an appraisal with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, 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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- Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they've been 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. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others about 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!
- 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.