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Five Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered from Crest Appraisal Services.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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.
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. 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.

You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique characteristics of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. Thinking that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have lots of pages of helpful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. 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 quickly!
Easily track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.