A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best information to be had. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is constantly testing new tools and improving 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 some items you can do to decrease turn times on any appraisals you order from WalshStreet Appraisals.
- Order your appraisals online.
- By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Make sure that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always free to contact us
- Be sure to let us know about the property's distinct elements.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. What takes time is analyzing how differing elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order 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 prone to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are understandably uneasy with the fact a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. With the idea that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners believe they must make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.
Coming from you -- the person they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has lots of pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Use our website to track 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.