A Few Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. And if you have a tax parcel number, plat map number, subdivision name or anything else that uniquely identifies the property, please pass it along. 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.

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

Tell us up front of the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they've been working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report.
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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.