5 Suggestions for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply additional information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user receives the best data to be had. To keep up with the continuously changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is constantly acquiring new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. At Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals we know that time is important to everybody, so below are a few things you can do to speed up the process every time you order an appraisal with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.
- Order your appraisals electronically.
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the request.
- Complete and accurate subject property information is key.
- 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 include with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.
If you have any questions about your property or an appraisal we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us
- Are you letting us know up front any details of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique details 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 recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner makes your report arrive quicker.
- Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most time consuming tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Many commonly think they must make the place spotless before the inspection, having the thought that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Our website is a great resource for following 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to keep track of your report's status.