Webinar: Beyond Automation – Embracing Expert Valuation Analysis


In our recent webinar, “Beyond Automation: Risk of AVM’s & The Value of Expert Valuation Analysis,” hosted by our distinguished panelists Noelle McDonald (VP Valuation Services) and Rachel Kilcullen (Director of Evaluation Services) at LCS, Inc, we explored the intricate world of property valuation. The insightful discussions underscored the pivotal role of expert valuation analysis in today’s dynamic market and highlighted the inherent risks associated with relying solely on Automated Valuation Models (AVMs).

The real estate industry is evolving rapidly, with technological advancements promising efficiency and speed. AVMs, with their automated processes, offer a quick glimpse into property values based on statistical data and public records. However, as our experts eloquently pointed out, the allure of speed and cost-effectiveness can sometimes overshadow the necessity for accuracy and depth – elements that are critical in making informed and safe lending decisions.

The Limitations of AVMs: A Surface-Level Approach

AVMs have their place in the valuation landscape as preliminary screening tools. However, they fall short in several areas:

Lack of Depth: AVMs rely on public records and statistical models, lacking the depth and insight that human expertise brings. They miss out on nuanced details like the property’s physical condition, neighborhood dynamics, and unique property features.

Inaccuracy Risks: With an approximate 10% margin of error and the inability to account for certain market conditions or property specifics, AVMs can lead to significant discrepancies in property valuation.

Non-Compliance Issues: As highlighted during the webinar, AVMs often don’t align with the stringent interagency guidelines, making them a risky choice for standalone use in important financial decisions.

The LCS Advantage: Expert Valuation Analysis for Informed Decisions

At LCS, we believe in the power of expert valuation analysis. Our approach goes beyond mere numbers, integrating a comprehensive understanding of market trends, property specifics, and regulatory frameworks. Here’s why choosing LCS for your valuation needs is a prudent decision:

In-depth Analysis: Unlike AVMs, our expert valuation encompasses a detailed assessment, including interior and exterior evaluations, neighborhood assessments, and a thorough review of sales data and if applicable, income related documents. This meticulous approach ensures a more accurate and reliable valuation, reducing risks and uncertainties.

Compliance and Reliability: Our valuation processes are in strict adherence to interagency guidelines, ensuring that every evaluation is not just a number but a reflection of meticulous research, analysis, and compliance.

Customized Solutions: Recognizing that every property and transaction is unique, we offer tailored valuation solutions. Our expert team is equipped to handle a wide range of properties, providing you with evaluations that are not just numbers but narratives of the property’s true value.

In conclusion, while AVMs might offer a quick glance at property values, it’s the in-depth, expert analysis that truly uncovers the real worth of a property. In these times of market volatility and regulatory complexities, partnering with LCS means choosing accuracy, compliance, and reliability.

Embrace the value of expert valuation analysis with LCS, where every number tells a story, and every valuation is a step towards informed and safe lending practices.

For the full recording of this webinar, please reach out to Liz Mahoney, Director of Sales & Business Development today.

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