Some Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to ensure the end user gets the best data available. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc. is constantly researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc. knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with Crockett Appraisal Service, Inc..
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order 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 you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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. 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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- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it distinct?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
- Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming parts of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of helpful 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 meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 faster and easier to track your report's status.