Some Steps to Shorter Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their research. All of this is to guarantee the end user receives the best data available. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is always researching new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some tips you can do to lower turn times every time you order an appraisal with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Are you providing complete and accurate data about the subject property?
- Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily delay an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to pass long with your request. 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 may be different from yours.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.
- Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it unique?
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when you order your report if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
- Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought a stranger wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. Not uncommonly they think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the idea that will increase the value. So they choose to not schedule the appointment until it is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and can go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has several pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment promptly!
- Use our website to keep track of 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 is available instantly to you online. There's no easier or faster way to keep track of the status of your report.