A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user receives the most useful information that can be achieved. In order to stay current with the constantly 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, we've listed a handful of items you can do to lessen turn times when you order an appraisal with WalshStreet Appraisals:

  1. Always order your appraisals electronically. With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.

  2. Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete. There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 be different from yours.

  3. If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, feel free to call us at 323-936-9970

  4. Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct? Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how characteristics unique to a property contribute 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, and it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible makes your report arrive without delay.

  5. Let the homeowner know what to expect. One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. One common belief is that they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the appraised value and will delay the inspection until they have cleaned.

    Hearing it directly from you -- a trusted party with whom they are already working -- a little 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. Please feel free to point your clients to our website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!

  6. Our website is a great resource for keeping tabs on 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.