Veros economists find no evidence of racial bias in its AVM
Veros Real Estate Solutions (VEROS®), an industry leader in enterprise risk management and collateral valuation services, released new research that finds no evidence of racial bias in its VeroVALUE Automated Valuation Model (AVM). This validation provides an important quality control check for lenders seeking tools to identify potential racial bias in home valuations.
One of the mortgage industry’s biggest challenges is identifying and preventing potential racial bias in the home valuation process. The Veros report analyzes home valuation data in 5 major minority communities. Get a copy of the full research report now.
VeroVALUESM is an AVM derived from high-quality data, industry leading models, and predictive technologies, all resulting in first-rate accuracy. An in-depth analysis of the VeroVALUE AVM was conducted across five housing markets, including Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, which were selected because of their diverse populations. By studying a wide range of cities, Veros reinforced the conclusion from its first report that its AVM did not display racial bias.
The study utilized neighborhood racial compositions to determine if a correlation existed between the percentage of Black, Hispanic, Asian and White populations and the number of properties in the area that were undervalued or overvalued by more than 15%
The findings were consistent in all five cities, which revealed no evidence of racial basis in the VeroVALUE AVM. The study showed that the proportion of properties undervalued by more than 15% had no correlation with the proportion of Black or Hispanic populations in a neighborhood.
Through an extensive analysis of the VeroVALUE AVM, the findings suggest that bias tested AVMs can be leveraged to provide a quality control check to identify potential undervaluation related to bias. A properly tested professional-grade AVM, such as VeroVALUE, can be an innovative solution in the housing industry to appropriately flag any potential instances of bias and ensure fair home valuations.
“It is crucial to utilize professional-grade AVMs that can help identify potential racial bias in home valuations and to flag concerns of potential undervaluation of minority-owned properties,” said Eric Fox, Chief Economist at Veros. “Proven solutions like VeroVALUE give the housing market a precise, accurate and non-biased solution that is built on quality data.”
Veros believes that thorough research to ensure the absence of human or algorithmic bias across all property valuation tools and services is vitally important for the housing industry. The full research report can be found here. The webinar to be conducted on November 16, 2022, entitled: Combating Racial Bias In The Mortgage Industry Through Data, Technology and Diversity, will further explore the insights from this research study as well as other tools and solutions that drive transparency, diversity and positive change in the home valuation process.
About Veros Real Estate Solutions
A mortgage technology innovator since 2001, Veros is a proven leader in enterprise risk management and collateral valuation services. The firm combines the power of predictive technology, data analytics, and industry expertise to deliver advanced automated solutions that control risk and increase profits throughout the mortgage industry, from loan origination to servicing and securitization. In 2022, Veros acquired Valligent Technologies a leader in appraisal, alternative valuation, QC and Regulatory Audit solutions. Veros’ services now include the full spectrum of valuation solutions inclusive of virtual and automated valuations, fraud and risk detection, portfolio analysis, forecasting, and next-generation collateral risk management platforms. Veros is the primary architect and technology provider of the GSEs’ Uniform Collateral Data Portal® (UCDP®). Veros also works closely with the FHA to support its Electronic Appraisal Delivery (EAD) portal. The company is also making the home buying process more efficient for our nation’s Veterans through its appraisal management work with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, visit www.veros.com or call 866-458-3767.