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Five Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to ensure the end user gets the best information that can be achieved. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously researching additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed a handful of tips you can do to decrease turn times when you order an appraisal with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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 the order was received.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is essential. Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to 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 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 may be different from yours.

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

  4. Are you telling us up front any details of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how unique details 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 features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we would find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive faster.

  5. Let the occupants know what to expect. One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are understandably uneasy with the idea that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. With the Notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the inspection . So they put off the inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little info 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. I encourage you to point your customers to this website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. And tell them it's to their advantage to set the appointment without delay!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to follow 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 faster to keep track of your report's status.