Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user receives the best information possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status?
- 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of the status of your report.