Incenter Appraisal Management today announced its game-changing RemoteVal™ technology—dramatically streamlining one of the biggest bottlenecks in mortgage lending: appraisals.
“We’re excited to launch this solution at a time when strong homebuyer demand and an impacted appraiser population are putting new pressures on profits, costs and service for the whole mortgage industry. RemoteVal™ creates a whole new class of appraiser-centric inspection technology that shortens the process while meeting the stringent accuracy guidelines that appraisers must follow. We believe that in time, it will become the de facto standard for how remote appraisals are done and move the industry even closer to the realization of the digital mortgage process,” said Mark Walser, President, Incenter Appraisal Management.
Incenter Appraisal Management will demonstrate the technology for the first time during Valuation Expo, September 8-10, in Las Vegas.
Already being piloted nationally, RemoteVal™ is empowering appraisers to complete thorough, compliant appraisal inspections without ever leaving their desks. A homeowner or another individual must be at the property while they are conducting an appraisal.
Using RemoteVal™, the appraiser takes control of the homeowner’s smartphone camera, and then snaps geographically verified, time-stamped images and closeups while directing the individual from room to room. In addition to photos, the appraiser can remotely capture gross living area measurements. RemoteVal™ has a built-in digital measuring tape, which incorporates 3D environment scanning technologies.
These technologies prevent “selective editing,” and transcription errors—helping to ensure the integrity of the data appraisers will use for their final reports.
“RemoteVal™ is the next step in the evolution of appraisal technology, moving beyond the hybrid model. Its replication of the traditional physical inspection process is what makes it so valuable. It allows lenders and underwriters to have as much confidence in appraisers’ methods and conclusions as they would if these professionals did a physical walkthrough. The technology can also help appraisers increase their earning potential by handling a higher volume of appraisals, while still delivering results that are credible,” said Joshua Walitt, Compliance Consultant, Walitt Solutions.
RemoteVal™ has important implications for the ability of appraisers to conduct inspections even in situations where pandemic, hazard, natural disaster, safety and area lockdown concerns are present. In conditions like these, appraisers can still perform their inspection safely for both themselves and the individual at the property, enabling velocity in critical times.
Other applications for RemoteVal™ include disaster inspections, insurance inspections, home equity loans, default servicing and more.
About Incenter Appraisal Management
Incenter Appraisal Management’s goal is to harness its knowledge, skills, experience and profound sense of integrity to consistently exceed client expectations. The company is a national provider of best-in-class valuations, inspections and data products for lenders throughout the country, and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, please visit incenteram.com.