Five Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user has the best data possible. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Crowe Appraisals is continuously testing new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Crowe Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with Crowe Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you 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 without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.