A Few Hints for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user receives the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At Appraisals by Kana, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few tips you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down 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 differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Be sure to let us know 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 ordering your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an 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 is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Be sure the occupants know the the plan.
One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. And will choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some info 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!
Our website is a great resource for tracking the status of your report.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates 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 your report's status.