Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All to guarantee the end user has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..

Order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details 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 had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
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 available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to track your report's status.