Future of Property Valuation

Automated Valuation Models offer an efficient way for real estate agencies and individual buyers to research the estimated value of a property. Through these computer-generated results, a property's market value can be quickly calculated without requiring an appraiser to physically visit the site. This is especially beneficial when the potential buyer or seller has time constraints because AVM reports are relatively fast and cost effective reports compared to traditional appraisal methods. By using statistical data, AVMs also provide a more accurate report than was previously achievable without being onsite. Although not as comprehensive as a manual appraisal, Automated Valuation Models are a great way to get an estimate of the current market value of any type of property.


Valuation Complexity

Valuing a property is an extremely complicated process that requires both a logical and creative approach. Due to the varying intangible features of each property and its appeal to certain types of buyers, valuations require judgments and interpretations. On the other hand, analyses of previous sold properties can provide key indicators for current trends in the area which must be taken into account. With technology rapidly advancing, computer modelling has become an integral part of the science of valuation. It provides valuable data to inform decisions and help protect against potential issues that may arise from incorrect opinions or negligence. A thorough valuation is essential for both real estate professionals and private buyers alike in order to identify any areas of risk.


Valuation Importance

Valuations are incredibly important when it comes to investment in real estate since they provide critical reports, insights, and data concerning portfolio strategy and transactions. Real estate valuations have become even more important in today’s digital age where investors expect the full potential of technology to be incorporated into their evaluations. One advantage that technology brings to real estate valuations is that it enables investors to assess a far wider range of evidence than what was previously available. Furthermore, tech advancements can facilitate real estate investments by making evaluation processes more speedily and more accurate with fewer errors. Ultimately, technology has created an unprecedented opportunity for investors to make highly informed decisions regarding their real estate ventures - one which should not be overlooked.


Confidence Factor

When evaluating a property assessment, knowing the accuracy of the estimated value is invaluable. However, many AVM providers use varying scales to measure this accuracy, making direct comparison difficult. A low confidence score can be due to two main factors; the property having unusual physical features that make it harder to accurately estimate value, or very sparse data in its geographical area making ranges difficult to model. Confidence measures are determined by either the relevance and quality of the comparable data used to arrive at an output figure or through forecasted standard deviation relative to true values, usually obtained through a professional valuer's report or sale price. In any case, this data can prove crucial in forming accurate conclusions about a property's value.


AVM Regulations

Regulators have been quick to recognize the role that automated valuation models (AVMs) play in assessing the value of properties. In North America and Australia, professional bodies have issued policy statements, guidance and additional standards to strategize how AVMs are applied. Conversely, the approach in the United Kingdom is twofold. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) offers general guidelines within its Prudential Sourcebook for Banks, Building Societies and Investment Firms (BIPRU). Additionally, the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) provides a separate sourcebook (BSOCS - Building Societies Sourcebook) to focus on criteria building societies should abide by when utilizing AVM assessments. Regulations insist that building societies create secure arrangements for obtaining reliable security values.

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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Tech Affiliates

InRealtor AVM team has been actively communicating with the RICS Tech Affiliate Department throughout 2020 to ensure our users have access to the best possible RICS AVM standards. We understand that clear and accurate information from the land department is a necessity when it comes to tracking past sales, and we invest time in making sure that what we provide meets these standards. Our priority is providing precision and accuracy to the data provided, so our users can take full advantage of their experience when dealing with land records. We remain dedicated to exceeding these standards moving forward.

We follow all new updates and looking into events that take lace such as the RICS held Leaders Forums in London, The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney. The Forums included attendees with expertise in a variety of fields including AVM providers, users of AVM in the lending arena, property portals, residential and commercial valuation forums and a body representing AVM providers.

Our priority is providing precision and accuracy to the data provided, so our users can take full advantage of their experience when dealing with land records. We remain dedicated to exceeding these standards moving forward.

Important Note

InRealtor Price Indices are provided for information purposes only. While we make every effort to ensure our indices are as robust as possible we cannot guarantee their accuracy or completeness. InRealtor shall not be liable for any loss or damage, direct or indirect, arising from inaccuracy or incompleteness of the data or any decision made in reliance upon the data.

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