5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer additional information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client is presented with the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more effectively. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a few tips you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal from WalshStreet Appraisals.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Online ordering is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property 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 details 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. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Do the occupants know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, thinking that will increase the value. And will reschedule the appointment until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on your report's status?
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.