A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research - all to guarantee the end user gets the most useful information possible. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes 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 couple of things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? 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 helpful data to include with the request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

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

  4. Be sure to tell us about the property's unique elements. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible 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 without delay.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact that an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Under the belief that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they choose to not schedule the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!


  6. Our website is a great resource for following the status of your report. 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. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of your report's status.