Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client has the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Appraisals by Kana, LLC is continuously acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes in order 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 some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals ordered with Appraisals by Kana, LLC.

Always order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is 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 order.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass long with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area 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 assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to contact us

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique features.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive without delay.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the idea an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise higher, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to track your report's status.
Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.