A Few Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is constantly evolving. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to present more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure their client gets the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is always seeking new tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some tips you can do to reduce turn times on any appraisals you order from Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! No longer do we have to re-key information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
Make sure 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 is helpful information to pass long with your assignment. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you, feel free to call us at

Tell us up front of the property's distinct elements.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how details unique to a property contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When you order your report, let us know if there are unique features of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner will likely make your report arrive without delay.
Did you make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most tedious steps of the appraisal process is setting an inspection date with the current homeowner. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making numerous notes. Having the thought that it will make the house appraise for more money, many homeowners think they ought to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will put off the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- a short explanation about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and likely shorten the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. Tell them to call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Are you using our website as a resource to track 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 is instantly available to you online. There's no faster way to track your report's status.