Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to ensure their client is presented with the best analysis. To keep up with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly seeking new tools and improving 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 below are some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is great information to pass along with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at 323-936-9970 if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's unique details. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they should make the place spotless before the inspection . So they choose to not schedule the appointment 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 make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have lots of pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Easily track the status of your report on our website. 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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.


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