Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure the end user receives the most useful analysis that can be achieved. To stay current with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some items you can do to hasten the process whenever you order an appraisal with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? By ordering online, 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! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete. Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at 323-936-9970

  4. Tell us up front of the property's distinct details. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique characteristics add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Do the occupants know what to expect? One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. With the belief that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection and will reschedule the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.