5 Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal with Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
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 request. Even a list of recent area sales 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.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us

Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for following your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.