A Few Tips for Quicker Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving continuously. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this extra work to ensure the end user has the best information possible. To keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is continuously testing new tools and improving processes in order 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 a few things you can do to decrease turn times every time you order an appraisal from Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
When you order online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the order was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This 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 we received the order.
Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
Being just one number off on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to pass long with the request. Even a list of recent sales from the area is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

You're always free to call us at if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.

Tell us up front of the property's unique characteristics.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property 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 had a recent addition constructed, 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive faster.
Are you making the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious tasks of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the current homeowner. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the idea a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and make abundant notes. With the idea that it will make the house appraise for more money, some homeowners feel they must make the place spotless before the inspection. So they delay the appraisal inspection until it is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- a person they've been working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't change their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. They can even call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Why not our website as a resource to verify 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. There's no faster or easier way to track your report's status.