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5 Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to guarantee their client is presented with the best information that can be achieved. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously seeking additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you automatically receive e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. It's 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. Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete. Having just one number incorrect 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 is helpful information to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised 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. Let us know up front of the property's unique details. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 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 predisposed to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the value and will delay the appointment until it is cleaned.

    Coming 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 make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your customers to this website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Our website is a great resource for verifying 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.