The real estate industry is undergoing a significant transformation thanks to the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, which are revolutionizing various aspects of the real estate journey. According to David Conroy, Director of Emerging Technology at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), AI adoption in the real estate sector has experienced a remarkable surge, particularly within the last 10 months, driven by innovative tools like ChatGPT.

These AI tools are playing a pivotal role in refining and optimizing numerous processes within the real estate sector. They are enhancing presentations, identifying property attributes using valuation models to optimize sale prices, and even forecasting how property renovations might affect their value.

Initially, AI was primarily used in real estate for tasks like MLS and ADA compliance, appraisal refinement, quality assessments, and SEO enhancement. However, there has been a noticeable shift towards the adoption of computer vision technologies powered by AI, leading to new use cases like the transformation of listing photos into immersive property walkthrough videos. This innovation has the potential to revolutionize the way properties are showcased to prospective buyers.

Despite the rapid adoption of AI in real estate, Conroy emphasizes the importance of remaining vigilant about potential pitfalls. AI-generated content, while sophisticated, can occasionally lack nuances or overstep boundaries, potentially resulting in misinformation or misrepresentation, which could lead to serious issues during real estate transactions.

Dave Oster, Co-founder and CTO of DealMachine, highlights how his firm is leveraging AI to assist real estate investors, particularly those searching for distressed properties. They have integrated AI into their app to provide investors with instant property information while they are in the field. This AI-driven chat assistant can answer questions about a property’s investment potential, making it easier for investors to make informed decisions and evaluate deals effectively.

Oster acknowledges that AI, while not infallible, is highly valuable in assisting investors, streamlining their decision-making process, and improving the efficiency of real estate operations.

By Impact Lab