A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client has the best information possible. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. Since Appraisals by Kana, LLC knows that time is important to everyone, below are a handful of items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals ordered from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Being just one number off 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 is helpful information to include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the unique features of this property.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive faster.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person looking in every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
- Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
- 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 to you online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.