A Few Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best information available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..
- Always order your appraisals online.
- When you order online, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype 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 unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your request. 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 details.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics 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 will find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to track your report's status?
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 to track your report's status.