Some Suggestions for Faster Turn Times

The appraisal profession is continuously evolving. Regularly, it seems, appraisers are asked to offer extra information or have steps added to their data gathering. They do this additional work to guarantee the end user has the best data to be had. To keep up with the always changing requirements, REID E. CHOATE & ASSOCIATES, LLC is constantly researching additional tools and improving processes in order to increase efficiency so we can do more work for in less time. At REID E. CHOATE & ASSOCIATES, LLC we know that time is important to everybody, so here are a couple of items you can do to reduce turn times whenever you order an appraisal from REID E. CHOATE & ASSOCIATES, LLC.

Order your appraisals online.
With online ordering, you automatically get e-mail acknowledgements that the request 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 re-key information from a fax, and you don't have to wonder whether we got the order.
Complete and accurate subject property data is key.
Having just one number incorrect on the street address can really add unnecessary time to an appraisal assignment. Unique identifiers like a tax parcel number, plat map number, or subdivision name are good data to include 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 may be different from yours.

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

Be sure to let us know about the property's unique characteristics.
It's relatively easy to appraise a cookie-cutter house. What takes time is analyzing how differing characteristics 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 elements of the home or surrounding area -- for example, it's recently had an addition constructed, it's subject to zoning restrictions, it's prone to flooding. These are things we'll find out on our own anyway, and knowing them early on makes your report arrive sooner.
Does the homeowner know what to expect?
Confirming an appointment with the homeowner can be one of the most time consuming tasks in the appraisal process. Many homeowners are justifiably apprehensive with the thought an unknown persons wants to come in their house, look around, and make copious notes. A common belief is that they should make the place spotless before the inspection, believing that will increase the appraised value. So they choose to not schedule the appraisal inspection until they can get around to cleaning.

Coming directly from you -- someone they are working with on their loan -- some knowledge about the appraisal process, who we are, and especially that dusting and polishing won't increase their home's value one little bit, and can decrease the time it takes to inspect a home. Our website has many pages of useful information about the appraisal process for homeowners. Please feel free to share it with your customers. Have them call us if they want to familiarize themselves with the staff and our services. And tell them it benefits them to set the appointment soon!
Our website is a great resource for verifying your report's status.
No more phone and fax tag. Up-to-the-minute status updates are available online, anytime, 24/7. As each important milestone in an assignment is completed, that information is available instantly to you online. There's no faster or easier way to keep track of your report's status.