A Few Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes 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 some tips you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal with Kent & Associates Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics 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. 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.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. So they delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment promptly!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.