The 1 Flaw That Stops Online Home Valuation Tools From Working
I'm a big believer that online home valuation tools will one day be accurate enough to provide a better valuation than the majority of real estate agents are capable of providing.
But today is not that day, because there remains one big flaw that is holding them back.
The Fundamental Flaw Of Online Valuation Tools
The best way to demonstrate the problem with online valuation tools is through a parallel example.
Have you ever wanted to know what your car was worth? There are online automobile valuation sites that have been around far longer than ones created to value homes.
Take Kelley Blue Book as an example.
The tool works by asking questions and providing a drop-down for the user to select a best answer.
The questions start real easy, and everybody has honorable intentions.
Would you care to guess what percent of people choose very good or excellent? I've heard it's 93%.
I guess if the car is not running, it's in "very good" condition, but if it runs, it's in "excellent condition."
Would it surprise you to know that the majority of homeowners are car owners too?
And unlike cars, the guts of the house vary. No two homes are exactly alike. We don't have neighborhoods in Tallahassee where the houses are LT, LTZ and LS. Each one is unique.
How would an online valuation tool compare my house to my neighbors? Simple. It assumes the only difference is square footage, otherwise they are the same.
So the fundamental flaw of online valuation tools is that they ignore two critical components of value ... condition and amenities.
Why Online Valuation Tools Exist
Online valuation tools exist in real estate for the same reason as they do in the automotive industry. They serve to gather your name and number for the purpose of selling your contact information to a small army of hungry sales people. For cars, your valuation request will be sold to a car dealership. With home valuation tools, the contact information is sold to real estate agents.
So, the valuation tool will give you numbers, but not the ones you need when it comes time to make a decision. Why not reach out to a real estate company directly, one that you trust?
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- We'll use your input to come up with a pretty solid range of values.
- We'll discuss with you issues that might impact the value of your home
- We'll ask you if you'd like a more comprehensive site visit.
- We will not give your contact information to anybody else.
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