5 Suggestions for Swifter Turn Times

Appraising is an always changing profession. Each year, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their process. All to ensure the end user is presented with the best data available. In order to stay current with the always changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our clients. At Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals we know that time is important to everybody, so we've listed some things you can do to trim turn times each time you order an appraisal with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Always order your appraisals online.
When you order online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request 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 you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to add unnecessary time to 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 in 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.

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Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter houses are relatively easy to appraise. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique features contribute 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. These are things we will find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive faster.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Setting an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most inefficient parts in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the fact a stranger wants to come in their house, look around, and take copious notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, with the belief that will increase the appraised value. So they put off the appointment until they have cleaned.

Hearing it directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little info 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 decrease the appraisal inspection time. Our website has numerous pages of useful 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's to their advantage to set the appointment soon!
Use our website to verify 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. It's never been easier to keep track of the status of your report.