Some Tips for Shorter Turn Times
Appraising is an always changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide more information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to guarantee their client receives the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is always seeking additional tools and improving processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. Since Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed a couple of tips you can do to speed up the process whenever you order an appraisal with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.
- Order your appraisals on the Internet.
- With online ordering, you get automatic e-mail confirmations that the order 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 you don't have to wonder whether we received the order.
- Confirm that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
- Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt 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 area sales is welcome — though be advised that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.
You're always welcome to contact us if you have any questions about your property or a job we're working on for you.
- Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
- It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter home. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how features unique to a property add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition put on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'll find out on our own, knowing them sooner makes your report arrive sooner.
- Do the occupants know what to expect?
- Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. Many current homeowners are clearly apprehensive with the notion an outsider wants to come in their home, look around, and make abundant notes. A common belief is that they need to make the place spotless before the appraisal inspection, with the belief that will make the house appraise for more money. And will put off the inspection until they can get around to cleaning.
Hearing from you -- a person 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 increase their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the appraisal inspection time. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have multiple pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
- Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
- Why are you still playing phone and fax tag when our website offers up-to-the-minute status updates available online, anytime, 24/7? As we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information is instantly available to you online. It's never been faster and easier to keep track of your report's status.