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Some Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information available. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is always seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Crest Appraisal Services we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of tips you can do to speed up the process when you order an appraisal with Crest Appraisal Services.

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. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
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 good information to include with the assignment. 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 might differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 characteristics 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. With the belief that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point them to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to follow your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 or faster way to track the status of your report.