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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.

What we learned from hand training A.I. on 25k+ property descriptions

by Nathan Joens on 10:30 am October 20, 2016

Hardcore artificial intelligence technology companies like x.ai and wit.ai are using hand trained datasets to enhance their artificial intelligence offerings. This is a tedious and sweaty process that we’ve been tackling for real estate at Structurely, and our A.I has learned a lot already. This was not an easy task, as we all know, reading real estate property descriptions can be pretty gruesome…imagine trying to train A.I. on a sentence like, “You’ll love the W/O bsmt w/ a LL family room w/frplc and a BR w/en-suite double vanity BA.” Powerful … 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 »

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