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5 Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user has the best information available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Crest Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered from Crest Appraisal Services.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm 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. 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to 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, don't hesitate to call us at

Are you letting us know up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 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 sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little 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 likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Use our website 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.