A Few Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user has the best data available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is always seeking additional 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 we've listed a couple of items you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Kent & Associates Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
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 — 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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Be sure to let us know about the unique features of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some information 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 keep track of the status of your report.