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Altos unveils real estate price prediction tool

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Real estate data company Altos Research has created an analytics-based valuation platform that forecasts home value changes three, six, or 12 months in advance, according to the company. The AltosEvaluate Forward Valuation Modeling (FVM) platform will formally launch Monday at the American Securitization Forum 2011 in Orlando, Fla. The platform takes into account real-time local market conditions to predict future property values. "Although traditional valuations have been based on lagging transaction prices, the active market of properties is a key indicator for where property values are heading," the company said in a product brochure. The platform considers such indicators as days on market, inventory, demand, price changes, home price indices, and transaction data. The FVM's intended users include anyone who seeks estimates on how much a property will be worth in the future, including asset managers, REO managers, mortgage originators, and service providers, the company s...