5 Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is always seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Appraisals by Kana, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, here are a few tips you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals you order with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the assignment 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.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them early on is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise higher. So they put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing from you -- the person they have been 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 can shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Advise them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
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 and easier to track your report's status.