Some Hints for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure their client receives the most useful data possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always researching additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to accelerate the process when you order an appraisal with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete. 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 include with your assignment. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. You're always welcome to call us at 323-936-9970 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 details 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 will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.

  5. Does the homeowner know what to expect? One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. With the Notion that it will increase the value, some homeowners feel they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection . So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!


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