HELOC Boom: How AVMs Can Help You Navigate the Surge

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The home equity line of credit (HELOC) market is witnessing a surge in demand. Stats show a consistent rise in HELOC originations for the past eight months, with April 2024 marking the highest volume since August 2023 (Home Equity Lending News)

However, a potential hurdle exists in the traditional appraisal process for evaluating homes – a crucial step for securing a HELOC. Appraiser shortages can lead to delays in appraisals and increased costs. Additionally, concerns about bias in traditional appraisals can add further complexity. 

Enter Automated Valuation Models (AVMs)

 AVMs are sophisticated algorithms that analyze vast datasets, including recent comparable property sales, public records, and current market trends, to generate property valuation estimates. AVMs can be a valuable alternative to addressing the challenges faced with traditional appraisals and navigating the growing demand of the HELOC market:

Faster Turnarounds – Compared to traditional appraisals, AVMs can deliver valuations much quicker, potentially expediting the entire HELOC application process. This translates to faster loan approvals and quicker access to funds for borrowers. 

Reduced Costs – The reliance on automated data analysis makes AVMs generally less expensive than traditional appraisals which involve an appraiser’s site visit and manual evaluation. 

Reduced Appraisal Bias   Because AVMs rely on objective data analysis, they can help mitigate potential bias that may occur in traditional appraisals. 

Why Choose ValueLink Software for Your AVM Needs?

ValueLink Software isn’t just an advocate for AVMs, we’re a trusted partner in navigating the AVM landscape. Here’s what sets us apart:

Extensive AVM Vendor Network – Our expansive network of AVM vendors including Freddie Mac, Black Knight, CoreLogic, and more helps us ensure that you have access to the most comprehensive and reliable data available. This makes ValueLink Software a one-stop shop for all your AVM needs. No more searching for different providers or struggling to integrate data – ValueLink Software streamlines the entire AVM process.


Fast and Convenient AVM Delivery – Our platform retrieves AVM results from our partners quickly and efficiently. Additionally, automated report delivery to your customers saves you valuable time and ensures clear communication. With ValueLink Software, you can be confident that AVM results are delivered promptly, and your clients receive the information they need quickly.


Proven Track Record – With tens of thousands of AVM orders placed, ValueLink Software has a wealth of experience facilitating successful AVM valuations. Trust our expertise to help you navigate the growing HELOC market. Our proven track record demonstrates our commitment to delivering reliable AVM solutions. 

New AVM Regulations:

A new rule for AVM usage is being considered by regulatory bodies. This rule, already approved by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), is pending approval from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This signifies growing recognition of the potential of AVMs within the mortgage industry.  

The key aspects addressed in the proposed rule aim to ensure responsible and reliable AVM usage: 

  • Accuracy: The rule focuses on ensuring AVM estimates are as close to actual property values as possible. 
  • Data Integrity: Measures will be implemented to safeguard the data used by AVMs from manipulation. 
  • Fair Lending Practices: The rule aims to prevent any potential for bias influencing AVM valuations. 


While final approvals are still pending, this proposed rule is a significant step forward. With robust regulations in place, AVMs have the potential to become a more prominent tool for navigating the growing HELOC market, enhancing the process while ensuring accuracy and compliance.   

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