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Some Hints for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to guarantee the end user receives the best analysis. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously acquiring new 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 on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online 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 we received the request.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property data is crucial. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

  3. You're always free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique? It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements 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 elements 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming steps in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making numerous notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, under the impression that will make the house appraise for more money . So they put off the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little 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. Please feel free to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others describing the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!


  6. Our website is a great resource for tracking your report's status. Phone and fax tag are a thing of the past with 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 faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.