Some Steps to Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best data available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Crowe Appraisals is always seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Crowe Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered from Crowe Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 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.
You're always welcome to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Tell us up front of the property's unique elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing details add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive earlier.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they put off the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous 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 meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.