Five Hints for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving constantly. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee the end user gets the most useful analysis. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Order your appraisals electronically. By ordering online, you receive automatic 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct features. Cookie-cutter houses 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. 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 recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive more quickly.

  5. What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most tedious parts of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Some think they should make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will increase the appraised value . So they reschedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some information 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. Our website has many pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of the status of your report? Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.