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Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure their client is presented with the best information available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Crest Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of things you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Crest Appraisal Services.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically receive 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! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may 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 unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

Coming directly 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.