5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best information to be had. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a couple of things you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals ordered with WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- With online ordering, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property data is essential.
- 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 sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, 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 early on will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
- Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uneasy with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make numerous notes. Thinking that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they put off the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing it directly from you -- a 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 change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful 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 meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily keep tabs on the status of your report on our website.
- 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 instantly available to you online. There's no easier way to keep track of your report's status.