A Few Steps to Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. On a regular basis, it seems, appraisers are asked to provide additional information or have steps added to their process. They do this additional work to ensure their client gets the best data to be had. In order to keep up with the always changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is constantly researching additional tools and tweaking 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 few items you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals you order with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Order your appraisals on the Internet.
By ordering online, you get automatic e-mail acknowledgements that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip single-handedly will save the most time! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we received the request.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really unnecessarily interrupt an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are helpful data to include with the request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — though be advised 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 an assignment we're working on for you, feel free to contact us

Let us know up front of the property's distinct characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing details add 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 characteristics of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's had a recent addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. These are things we'd find out on our own anyway, and knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive quicker.
Did you make the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
One of the most time consuming steps of the appraisal process is confirming an appointment with the occupants of the home. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an outsider looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making lots of notes. Believing that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the inspection. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- the person they've been working with on their loan -- some 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 can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to our website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others regarding the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to become familiar with our staff and services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment quickly!
Our website is a great resource for following 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 we complete each important milestone in an assignment, that information can be viewed instantly online. It's never been easier and faster to track your report's status.