Some Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure their client has the best data available. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always acquiring additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for more efficiently. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order from WalshStreet Appraisals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you automatically receive e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, 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 susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
Let the homeowner know what to expect.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably apprehensive with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take copious notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners believe they need to make the place spotless before the inspection. And will choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has lots of pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to verify your report's status.
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. It's never been easier to track your report's status.