Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work 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 to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Kent & Associates Appraisal we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with Kent & Associates Appraisal.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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 must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Many commonly think they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. 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 without delay!
Why not our website as a resource to track the status of your report?
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.