Some Tips for Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply more information or have steps added to their appraisal process - all to guarantee the end user is presented with the most useful analysis. In order to stay current with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously acquiring new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are some items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Order your appraisals online. When you order online, you get 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! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.

  2. Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial. Being just one number off 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. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

  4. Let us know up front of the property's unique characteristics. It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property 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 details 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive sooner.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. One common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the notion that will increase the value and will delay the appointment until the house is cleaned.

    Coming from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one bit, will help move the process along for everyone. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Tell them to call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!


  6. Are you using our website as a resource to verify 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is available to you online. There's no easier way to track your report's status.


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