A Few Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times
The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All of this is to ensure their client is presented with the best information possible. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is always researching new tools and tweaking processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. At Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some tips you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.
- Are you ordering appraisals online?
- By ordering 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! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether the order was received.
- Confirm that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are great data to include with the assignment. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
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- Tell us up front of the property's distinct features.
- Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics add to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. Let us know up front when ordering your report if there are unique characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible makes your report arrive earlier.
- What are you doing to make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
- One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is setting an appointment with the homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uneasy with a stranger inspecting every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making abundant notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.
Hearing it directly from you -- the person they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and likely shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your customers to our website, where we have multiple pages of helpful information for homeowners and others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's to their benefit to set the appointment soon!
- Use our website to track your report's status.
- No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.