Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their process. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Kathleen Westoby Berengue, CRA is constantly acquiring additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Kathleen Westoby Berengue, CRA we know that time is important to everybody, so below are some things you can do to trim turn times whenever you order an appraisal with Kathleen Westoby Berengue, CRA.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
Being just one number off 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 great data to pass long with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, 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, don't hesitate to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, 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 earlier.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the fact an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will make the house appraise higher. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to our website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to follow 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster to track the status of your report.