Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best information available. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is constantly seeking new tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few items you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to 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 unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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Tell us up front of the property's unique details.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive sooner.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, under the impression that will increase the appraised value. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about 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.
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 is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.