A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure the end user receives the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is always researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. 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 when you order an appraisal from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
- Having just one number incorrect 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 are good data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Not uncommonly they think they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Coming directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely 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 multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to verify 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.