A Few Tips for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to ensure the end user gets the best information to be had. In order to keep up with the constantly changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is continuously seeking additional 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 we've listed some tips you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered from Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Always order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone will save the most time! We don't have to manually enter information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the request.
Verify that the subject property information is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to include with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales in the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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Are you letting us know up front any elements of the property that might make it distinct?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how unique characteristics contribute to or detract from what otherwise would be a property's market value. When ordering your report, 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 as soon as possible makes your report arrive without delay.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
One of the most inefficient parts of the appraisal process is confirming an inspection date with the occupants of the home. Some current homeowners are justifiably uncomfortable with the fact an unknown persons wants to come in their home, look around, and make copious notes. With the notion that it will increase the appraised value, a few homeowners feel they should make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone they have been working with on their loan -- a short explanation 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Please feel free to point them to our website, where we have several pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment as quickly as possible!
Why not our website as a resource to keep tabs on the status of your report?
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier to track the status of your report.