A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client has the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Crowe Appraisals is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since Crowe Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal from Crowe Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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 you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 from 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.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the unique elements of this property.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Let the occupants know what to expect.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. With the idea that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a 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 change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.