Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user is presented with the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Kent & Associates Appraisal is continuously researching new 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 you order from Kent & Associates Appraisal.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique elements of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
- Does 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. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, some homeowners think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
- Use our website to track 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 instantly available to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.