Beware of the Limitations of Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) When Assessing Properties for Home Equity Loans
Lenders are increasingly looking to automated valuation models (AVMs) to appraise properties for home equity loans. However, there are some misconceptions about using AVMs in this way.
First, AVMs are not always accurate. While they can provide a general idea of a property's value, they may not be able to pick up on important details that could affect the value.
Second, AVMs are not always up to date. If there have been recent changes to the property, the AVM may not reflect these changes.
Finally, AVMs are not always fair. Some lenders may use AVMs to low-ball borrowers on their home equity loan offers.
Overall, while AVMs have their benefits, lenders should be aware of their limitations before using them to appraise properties for home equity loans.