5 Tips for Swifter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee the end user has the best information possible. To keep up with the always changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Kent & Associates Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from Kent & Associates Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically get 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. 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. At the time you order your report, be sure to 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 predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive without delay.
- Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Are you using our website as a resource to verify the status of your report?
- 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. There's no easier way to keep track of the status of your report.