Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Cantus Appraisal Services is always researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Cantus Appraisal Services knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from Cantus Appraisal Services.

Order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always 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

Let us know up front of the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique features 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. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Easily track the status of your report on our website.
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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of the status of your report.