Five Hints for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client is presented with the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is constantly acquiring new tools and improving processes 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 accelerate the process when you order an appraisal from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. 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 ordering your report, let us know 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- a little information 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to keep track of 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 available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.