Five Steps to Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user receives the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is constantly seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Appraisals by Kana, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a few tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 in the area — though be advised 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 a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. At the time you order your report, be sure to let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive quicker.
What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Some current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Under the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection. And will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. 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 as quickly as possible!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.