Its about time Mr. H publishes an article on AVMs that was not provided (or paid for) by one of his advertisers. I am among one of the thousands of appraisers resisting AVMs in any way possible, including not using any software or appraising for any clients which intend to use any of my information for an AVM. Unfortunately, what appraisers need is a far reaching recession which results in massive layoffs, foreclosures, and ultimately the lender's bottom line. It seems the industry is now controlled by people too young or too stupid to remember what happens to real estate markets when the economy turns bad. Our midwest real estate market has went from one of the most affordable housing markets in the US to one of the highest cost markets because of easy credit and appraisal policies since the mid 1990's when the refinancing boom ended. Do you know of any other time in our history that a single 22 year old making $25,000 with huge auto and credit card debt and a history of late payments could qualify for a $150,000 mortgage? Using AVMs only eases credit and easy money, making the inevitable 'correction' in the market larger and longer lasting. In the 1980's HUD lost nearly $30,000 for each property that went into foreclosure with relatively strict underwriting standards and a controlled appraiser fee panel. How much will a lender lose in a declining market where people are getting laid off, underwriting becomes stricter, every other house on the block has a for sale sign, and most importantly, the house was over valued in the first place? If they are going to get rid of appraisers, why not get rid of the underwriters as well. Just send anyone with a piece of real estate whatever money they want.