A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, here are some things you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals you order with WalshStreet Appraisals.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
Complete and accurate subject property information is essential.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how features unique to a property contribute 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive earlier.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make lots of notes. Believing that it will make the house appraise for more money, a few homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will reschedule the inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even 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 soon!
Why not our website as a resource to keep track of 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 can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.