Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is always researching new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Kent & Associates Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Kent & Associates Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the order.
- Complete and accurate subject property data 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take lots of notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will put off the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Why not our website as a resource to keep track of 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track the status of your report.