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A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure their client gets the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Crest Appraisal Services is continuously testing additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Crest Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered with Crest Appraisal Services.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Are you telling us up front any elements 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 unique elements add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with an unknown person looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
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. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.