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A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few things you can do to decrease turn times each time you order an appraisal with Crest Appraisal Services.

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order 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 we got the order.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct details.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible 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 earlier.
Let the occupants know what to expect.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appointment 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of useful 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. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to keep track of 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.