5 Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking 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 here are a couple of items you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal from Appraisals by Kana, LLC.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
- 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 are great data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique?
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Easily follow the status of your report on our website.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are 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 the status of your report.