A Few Steps to Faster Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client is presented with the best analysis. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are a few tips you can do to hasten the process every time you order an appraisal with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass along with the assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — however, remember that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to call us at 323-936-9970 if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

  4. Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it unique? Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how characteristics 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 features 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'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive quicker.

  5. Be sure the occupants know the plan. One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the notion that a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Under the impression that it will increase the value, many homeowners think they must make the place spotless before the inspection and will reschedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little information 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 many pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!


  6. Easily track 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.


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