Five Steps to Shorter Turn Times

The appraisal profession is always evolving. Often, it seems, appraisers are asked to include extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. All to guarantee their client gets the best information available. To stay current with the constantly changing requirements, WalshStreet Appraisals is continuously researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for you. Since WalshStreet Appraisals knows that time is important to everyone, below are a couple of things you can do to lessen turn times on any appraisals ordered with WalshStreet Appraisals.

Order your appraisals online.
By ordering online, you receive automatic e-mail acknowledgements 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 you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Verify that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really 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 may differ from yours.

If you have any questions about your property or an assignment we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at

Let us know up front of the property's distinct elements.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. Most of an appraiser's time is spent analyzing how unique elements add 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 details of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's predisposed to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as soon as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Are you making the occupants of the home aware of what to expect?
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most tedious steps in the appraisal process. Some current homeowners are clearly uncomfortable with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and take numerous notes. A common belief is that they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, under the impression that will increase the value. And will delay the appraisal inspection until the house is cleaned.

Hearing from you -- the 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 decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has multiple pages of helpful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. I encourage you to share it with your customers. They can even call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it's in their interest to set the appointment without delay!
Our website is a great resource for verifying the status of your report.
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 to track the status of your report.