Some Hints for Faster Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client has the best data available. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is constantly researching 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 handful of tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal from Kent & Associates Appraisal.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to 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. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing features 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
- Set proper expectations with the occupants.
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. 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 belief that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they reschedule the appointment until they have cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep tabs on 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to keep track of the status of your report.