Five Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research - all to guarantee the end user is presented with the most useful information. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is always acquiring additional 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, here are some items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order from WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals on the Internet. When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail notifications 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 retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property? There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. You're always 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. Let us know up front of the property's unique details. Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics 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'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.

  5. Set proper expectations with the homeowner. One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. Some homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the idea that an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make numerous notes. Some think they must make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise higher . So they delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

    Coming directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- a little info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make a significant difference in their home's value, will help move the process along for everyone. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners and others describing the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with our staff and services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as soon as possible!


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


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