A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user gets the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone 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 affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Are you using our website as a resource to track 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. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.