Some Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive faster.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the value. So they delay the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has multiple pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster to keep track of the status of your report.