In our ongoing commitment to transparency and equity, Veros Real Estate Solutions (Veros®) is pleased to present the latest update to our research study, “Does historical redlining influence today’s AVM estimates,” authored by Reena Agrawal, Veros’ Research Economist, and Eric Fox, Veros’ Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Analytics.
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Veros’ study examined AVM predictions for single-family properties in redlined versus non-redlined neighborhoods close to one another in Los Angeles, California. Veros’ economists used this approach because mortgage funds were historically abundant for non-redlined areas, while they were scarce or non-existent for redlined areas. To enable proper testing, the areas selected for analysis had single-family homes on both sides of the boundaries.
The results revealed no evidence of racial basis in the VeroVALUE AVM.
“We found that the proportion of properties that are undervalued by 15% or more is not correlated with the proportion of Black, Hispanic, Asian, or White populations,” said Eric Fox, Veros Real Estate Solutions Chief Economist. “This is crucial because it addresses concerns about undervaluations of minority-owned properties.”