Five Tips for Swifter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is evolving at all times. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their research. All to guarantee their client receives the best data available. To stay current with the continuously changing requirements, Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals is continuously acquiring additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for faster. Since Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals knows that time is important to everyone, we've listed some items you can do to trim turn times on any appraisals you order with Willamette Valley Appraisal Professionals.

Are you ordering appraisals online?
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail confirmations that the request was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. This tip alone 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.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Being just one number off on the street address can really unnecessarily slow down an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name is helpful information to pass long with your request. We even welcome lists of recent sales from the area — remember, however, that professional appraisers are lawfully required to do their own due diligence on comparable sales, and ours might differ from yours.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you.

Are you telling us up front any characteristics of the property that might make it unique?
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how differing features 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 built 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 sooner is likely to make your report arrive without delay.
What are you doing to make the homeowner of the home aware of what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably uneasy with the notion an outsider wants to come in their house, look around, and take abundant notes. Many commonly think they need to make the place spotless before the inspection, with the idea that will increase the value. So they reschedule the appointment until they can get around to cleaning.

Hearing it directly from you -- a person they are working with on their loan -- a little bit about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't affect their home's value one little bit, and can shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point your clients to this website, where we have several pages of relevant information for homeowners as well as others about the appraisal process. Have them call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment without delay!
Use our website to keep tabs on 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.