Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best data to be had. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to lower turn times on any appraisals ordered with WalshStreet Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique elements.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique features contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make lots of notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone 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 make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Use our website to keep tabs on your report's status.
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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.