Five Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All to guarantee the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some things you can do to accelerate the process whenever you order an appraisal from WalshStreet Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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Be sure to tell us about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive sooner.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. One common belief is that they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, thinking that will increase the value. So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on the status of your report.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.