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Five Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is continuously researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, here are some items you can do to reduce turn times every time you order an appraisal with Crest Appraisal Services.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information 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 from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the thought an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. Believing that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Advise them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.