5 Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer more information or have steps added to their data gathering - all to guarantee their client is presented with the best data that can be achieved. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously seeking additional tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At WalshStreet Appraisals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a handful of items you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Are you ordering appraisals online? With online ordering, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment 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 retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property? Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down 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 — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

  3. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you.

  4. Tell us up front of the property's distinct details. Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute 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 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 prone to flooding. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.

  5. Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect? One of the most inefficient steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. Many current homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the notion that an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and take numerous notes. With the Notion that it will increase the value, a few homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by and will delay the appointment until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they already have a business relationship -- some knowledge 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. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!


  6. Why not use our website as a resource to track the status of your report? 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 can be viewed instantly online. There's no easier or faster way to track the status of your report.


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