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More on HouseCanary

by Drew Meyers on 9:45 am March 24, 2017

I’m on record as being a skeptic on HouseCanary. I thought I’d share a video of a presentation by their CEO, Jeremy Sicklick: After watching the video — I’m still a skeptic. It seems home price indexes at the block level is their differentiator. My question — who cares about block level analysis? Some investors, sure — but consumers? I don’t think so. Hasn’t Zillow already done everything HouseCanary is doing? [via VendorAlley]

HouseCanary – A Big Attempt in the AVM (Data) Space

by Drew Meyers on 12:00 pm January 14, 2017

I saw this morning that HouseCanary raised a $33 million Series A. There have been a number of AVM attempts over the past decade. When I look at HouseCanary’s home page, they are much more CoreLogic, Onboard Informatics, or Home Junction than they are Zillow. Which surprised me. Why raise $33 million for a B2B data sales business model? I don’t get it. I’m assuming there must be a much grander vision pitched to investors than is indicated on their website.

Another AVM Entrant: BuyerPrice

by Drew Meyers on 10:46 am October 14, 2016

I’ve written about AVM’s before, here. Another one looks to have recently entered the market. Aside from their chrome extension (which seems cool, but not defensible), I’m not sure what’s different about what they’re doing. I assume the algorithm is based on MLS data? How is this better than Redfin Estimates or Surefield’s Pricepoint? Anyone have any intel to share?

Everything Wrong With AVMs in Two Pictures

by Ben Kubic on 10:09 am December 22, 2015

My company, Virgent Realty, sold a home in Atlanta’s hot Grant Park neighborhood just under three months ago for $492,500. The home had numerous showings its first weekend, and went under contract 5 days after we put it on the market. This morning, I was greeted with this email from Zillow: Note the $184,942 difference between the most recent sold value and the current Zestimate. After having a good laugh, I decided to give the new Redfin AVM a shot, since they claim to have the  lowest … Read More »

Redfin’s AVM Misfire: 4 Characteristics of a Useful AVM

by Ben Kubic on 9:37 am December 7, 2015

I am a firm believer that someone will create a great AVM that will rapidly replace human input into the valuation process. As we’ve seen with advances like self-driving cars, computers are better at assessing risks, reacting to local conditions, and, in many cases, making judgement calls than humans are. That’s why I was so intrigued by Redfin’s recent AVM launch. To test it out, I looked up the Redfin estimate of my parent’s 2 bedroom suburban Maryland home. Their AVM estimates the home’s value at $573, 414. … Read More »

How to Source Sales Data in Countries where Agents are Very Secretive about Transactions?

by Drew Meyers on 6:15 pm December 15, 2014

To build a real estate portal, the standard strategy is collect lots of listing data. Or you could try the “AVM abroad” strategy (Zillow for country X). I’ve written about data sources before (MLS listing data, public property data, and other free datasets). Unfortunately, virtually no country in the world has the required sales data publicly accessible to base an AVM on. Why? Agents don’t want to share it, because buyers want it, and agents want buyers to ask them about it rather than look it up for free online. Pretty simple. Which begets the … Read More »

Real Estate Automated Valuation Model (AVM) Websites

by Drew Meyers on 5:31 am August 24, 2014

Someone landed on Geek Estate the other day, with the following search query: the truth about real estate automated valuation websites I’m not sure exactly what they are looking for, but they should know AVM’s (automated valuation model) have been around for years & used heavily in the lending, insurance, and investment industries. However, professionals had to pay for access to that data. Consumer Websites Zillow launched in February of 2006, and was the first site to give consumers free access to the same data professionals had been … Read More »

Automated Home Valuations From Trulia, Zillow, Etc: Who Do Estimates, Zestimates, Online Values Benefit?

by Sam DeBord on 5:45 pm September 14, 2011

Automated home valuations are a growing trend on real estate websites.  While Zillow’s Zestimates are clearly the standout leaders in this field, there are plenty of others. Eppraisal.  Cyberhomes. Trulia has a one-city beta product in the works, while First American has had its own automated valuation model for quite some time.  Even our own Geek Estate Blogger, Justin Britt, has a new Hawaii Life Value Score, taking a different angle with more of a comparative score valuation. The vast majority of real estate professionals I encounter dismiss the value of these … Read More »

Are Trulia Estimates Too Little, To Late?

by Justin Britt on 1:08 pm September 9, 2011

National real estate player Trulia began its foray into the home valuation space yesterday. Trulia Estimates, as they’re called, are currently in beta and available for sold properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Brian Boero of 1000Watt Consulting provides a thourough break down of the Trulia Estimate launch, so I won’t go any deeper. Instead I’ll focus on: What this move means to consumers, How it might affect the business side of things, What it means to SEO, A comparison of Trulia Estimates and Zillow … Read More »

Can MLSs help Fannie Mae help the market?

by Brian Larson on 3:15 pm December 15, 2008

I attended the Legal Counsel Seminar at the National Association of REALTORS® convention in Orlando in November. One of the speakers there was Marcel Bryar, deputy general counsel and vice president at Fannie Mae. He spoke about Fannie Mae’s efforts to prevent foreclosures, handle short sales better, and handle foreclosures better. One thing he mentioned was that Fannie Mae is approaching MLSs to obtain listing data from them. MLS data is my life, so his comments naturally piqued my interest. Here is what I think … Read More »

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