5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user gets the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is continuously researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
- Let the homeowner know what to expect.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have many pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even 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!
- Use our website to keep track of 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 available to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.