Some Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes 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 some things you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype 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?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing elements 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive quicker.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an unknown person inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming from you -- a person they've 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Why not our website as a resource to track 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 to you online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.