A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to present additional information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user has the best information possible. To stay current with the always changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is continuously researching new tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for quickly. At Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a few items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals ordered from Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail notifications 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 manually enter information from a fax, and nor will you wonder whether we got the request.
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 slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is good information to pass long with your request. Even a list of recent area sales is welcome — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, don't hesitate to contact us

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing characteristics 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 elements 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. While these are things that we will find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible is likely to make your report arrive sooner.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient tasks in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be apprehensive with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking photos, and making copious notes. Many commonly think they ought to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. And will choose to not schedule the inspection until it is cleaned.

Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't make it more likely their sale will close, and can decrease 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 customers. They can even 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!
Are you using our website as a resource to keep track of your report's status?
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. There's no easier way to track the status of your report.