Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client has the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is always acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
- 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.