Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. is always testing new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc. we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to reduce turn times when you order an appraisal from Crescent Appraisal Group, Inc..

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 are helpful data to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always 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, feel free to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive quicker.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the appraisal inspection time. 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 familiarize themselves with the staff and our 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?
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.