Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this extra work to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are some tips you can do to decrease turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Crest Appraisal Services.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- 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 from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's unique characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming 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 an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the value. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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 faster to track your report's status.