Five Suggestions for Quicker Turn Times

Appraising is a constantly changing profession. Every year, it seems, appraisers are asked to supply extra information or have steps added to their research. They do this extra work to guarantee the end user has the best information available. In order to stay current with the continuously changing requirements, REID E. CHOATE & ASSOCIATES, LLC is constantly seeking additional tools and tweaking processes to increase efficiency so we can do more work for our customers. At REID E. CHOATE & ASSOCIATES, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are some items you can do to hasten the process on any appraisals you order from REID E. CHOATE & ASSOCIATES, LLC.

Always order your appraisals electronically.
When you order online, you automatically get e-mail confirmations that the assignment was received, and fast, secure .PDF format report delivery. Ordering online is the single biggest time saver available to both of us! We don't have to retype information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether the order was received.
Make sure that the subject property data is accurate and complete.
There's nothing like being one number off on the street address to 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 a job we're working on for you, you're always welcome to call us at

Be sure to let us know about the unique details of this property.
Cookie-cutter homes are relatively easy to appraise. What takes time is analyzing how differing details contribute 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 recently had an addition built on, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's susceptible to flooding. While these are things that we'd find out on our own, knowing them as early as possible will likely make your report arrive earlier.
Be sure the homeowner knows the the plan.
Setting an inspection time and date with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. It's understandable for a homeowner to be uneasy with an unknown person inspecting every corner of their home, taking photos, and making lots of notes. Some think they have to make the place spotless before the appraiser comes by, having the thought that will increase the value. And will put off the appointment until the house is cleaned.

Coming from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- a little 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 shorten the time it takes to inspect a home. I encourage you to point them to this website, where we have lots of pages of useful information for homeowners and others regarding the appraisal process. Encourage them to call us if they want to meet our staff and learn more about our services. Remind them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Easily verify the status of your report on our website.
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 is available instantly to you online. It's never been easier to track your report's status.