I’d create the Valuation Tool that my agent friends wanted. I’d make it explain its own inadequacies and push for a proper face-to-face valuation. I’d keep it simple, easy to use and above all affordable!
In early 2020, a software developer friend had some time on his hands. I wrote the specification, he wrote the software. I changed the specification and he wrote it again.
In development, I called it “Crap Val” because it was designed to convince potential vendors not to waste time having a crap instant val. Instead, if serious, they would be encouraged to book a real valuation. Later, I chickened out and changed the name to TruVal.
Covid 19 popped up and face to face valuations were on the back-burner. We added the idea of a “virtual valuation” – send the agents pictures or a video and let them contact the property owner for a chat.