A Few Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide extra information or have steps added to their process. They do this extra work to ensure their client gets the best data that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to accelerate the process on any appraisals ordered with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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! 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 essential. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, don't hesitate to call us at 323-936-9970

  4. Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive faster.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are understandably uncomfortable with the fact that a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. With the Notion that it will increase the appraised value, many homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by . So they delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little knowledge 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 clients to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Use our website to verify your report's status. No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been faster to track your report's status.