A Few Steps to Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to guarantee their client receives the best information possible. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is continuously seeking new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a handful of tips you can do to speed up the process on any appraisals ordered with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Always order your appraisals online.
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! No longer do we have to retype information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we received the order.
Are you providing complete and accurate information about the subject property?
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily interrupt 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. Even a list of recent sales from 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 assignment we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any features of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how elements unique to a property add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive more quickly.
Set proper expectations with the occupants.
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with an outsider inspecting every square foot of their home, taking photos, and making abundant notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. And will reschedule the inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- some info about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment quickly!
Use our website to follow 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 faster and easier to track the status of your report.