Some Hints for Shorter Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Commonly, it seems, appraisers are asked to include additional information or have steps added to their appraisal process. All of this is to ensure their client receives the best data possible. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is continuously testing additional tools and tweaking processes in order 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 below are some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
With online ordering, you automatically receive 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Complete and accurate subject property information is crucial.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to unnecessarily delay 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 — remember, however, that professional appraisers must always do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours may be different from yours.

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

Are you telling us up front any elements 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 unique characteristics 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them sooner is likely to make your report arrive more quickly.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious parts in the appraisal process. We understand that a homeowner may be uncomfortable with a stranger looking in every corner of their home, taking pictures, and making copious notes. Having the thought that it will increase the appraised value, some homeowners think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by. And will delay the appraisal inspection until they have cleaned.

Coming from you -- a person they have been working with on their loan -- a little information 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 go a long way toward trimming the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has numerous pages of relevant information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your clients. Tell them to call us if they want to meet the staff and learn more about our services. And tell them it's in their interest to set the appointment promptly!
Why not our website as a resource 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. There's no easier way to track your report's status.