Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee their client has the best data to be had. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. Since Kent & Associates Appraisal knows that time is important to everyone, here are a couple of things you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Kent & Associates Appraisal.

Always order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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.
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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct elements.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 elements 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 more quickly.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to verify 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.