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A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to 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 add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with the assignment. 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 may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property add 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. 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 without delay!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.