Three Real Limitations of Real Estate Software

There are those who will claim the amazing powers of real estate property valuation software and other real estate development software. While we can appreciate and understand how that software can help us better make decisions, we should still be aware of the limitations of it. We should never get too carried away with any technology.

Anyone in the real estate and real estate development business knows the importance of real estate development software. This kind of software varies from smaller packages to help a single owner understand how better to appraise a particular property, to composite packages that huge companies use to manage and grow their real estate portfolios. There is one thing in common all of these software applications have in common. They allow us to produce statistics and information to better make a decision. Anyone who is considering entering the world of property investment and who is computer literate should consider the importance of using real estate software to help them make better decisions. At the same time, it is important to understand, any software, and particularly real estate software, has limitations. Here is a look at the limitations of property management and real estate related software.

·         Analysis. Analysis is at the heart of any decision. Just having figures and information will not be enough to make any decision. An informed decision comes from one that has been provided information. Analysis and understanding of what that data means, can only come from consideration and experience of whoever uses that information. There is still little that can replace the ability of an experienced person to analyse data and information.

·         Input. It goes without saying any calculation can only be as good as the data that is provided to calculate that. In the case of property developments and real estate software, there will be many factors and inputs required. Some of these input values, if incorrect, can be detected by the software as not being realistic, but there are others that will not. Ensuring the quality of input data is an essential to ensuring quality of output. A property can only be properly valued with property valuation software if the input data is correct. There will be many inputs at that.

·         Prediction. There will be those who have experience, or just have the ability to look at a piece of property or a project, and they can confidently invest. There are many examples of people who can do this, and do this in history. These people did not have access to such software and computers to aid their decisions. While there are not too many people who have this natural talent, what we can draw from this is simple. Software is limited to the number of input considerations it has been provided with. In most cases, many of the possible considerations are real and have been included. A sudden flood or other strange natural occurrence can greatly influence an investment project. There are many social elements and other political factors that can change the considerations and elements that make up any calculation. Software can only predict based on what we know now, it does not really create a prediction.

Ultimately, it is a human that is still making the decisions. Well, hopefully, in most cases. Anyone, from the individual, to the biggest organisations, must understand these limitations and do their best to reduce factors that will make software results closer to reality. Analysis is still performed best by those who have many years of experience. Data entry must be made carefully, and a greater knowledge and understanding of what could happen, beyond normal market conditions by anyone will only come from experience.

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