Five Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their research. All to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is continuously acquiring new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a handful of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order 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 we got the request.
Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
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 assignment. Even a list of recent sales in the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

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

Be sure to tell us about the property's unique features.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, let us know if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we would find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on will likely make your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the homeowner.
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Many current homeowners are understandably uneasy with the notion an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, believing that will make the house appraise for more money. So they reschedule the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little bit 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 lots of pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you 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's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for tracking 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 each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information can be viewed instantly online. There's no faster way to keep track of the status of your report.