Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to ensure their client receives the best data possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly testing new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of items you can do to lower turn times every time you order an appraisal from WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations 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 got the request.
- Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Be sure to tell us about the property's distinct details.
- Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Some think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the notion that will make the house appraise for more money. So they delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have many pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!
- Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
- 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of your report's status.