A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 from the area 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.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. 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 ordering your report if there are unique features 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Under the belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
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. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.