VALIDITY: Are the locations and timestamps for each photos saved?
Yes, provided location services and metadata are enabled on the device taking the picture.
VALIDITY: Do you monitor for timestamps with a mismatch of timezone & GPS location?
Yes, all are monitored for accuracy.
Do you display the locations on an overhead image of the property showing location of each photo?
Overhead images of properties are typically not detailed enough and lack the dimensional attributes to make this practical. VALIDITY does offer the appraiser a ‘roll over’ mechanism for viewing the metadata (GPS coordinates, map location, photo date).
VALIDITY: Are you able to detect images used from the web?
Images from the web would lack the proper date stamp and location data, which means they would fail the photo verification and be open to further verification from the appraiser.
How do you prevent images poor quality images, images taken in poor lighting, etc.?
VALIDITY provides some tips and instructions to the user, but the final acceptance of the photos is the responsibility of the appraiser. If they are not comfortable with quality, they can ask for additional photos.
What photo verification is done?
Each photo provides verification and flags if there are duplicate photos, photos taken prior to the inspection request, photos taken from a location other than the subject property and photos without metadata.
What security capabilities does VALIDITY offer to mitigate risk?
VALIDITY uses unique, non-sequential appraiser and homeowner link codes that expire after 30 days. Once the homeowner submits their completed inspection they have no access to the report unless the appraiser sends a request for rework. All photos and other inspection data are transmitted securely and stored in an encrypted repository. Time and location metadata verification and non-verified flagging provides the appraiser with valuable risk mitigation, which is further enhanced by the two-way communication functionality allowing the appraiser to requests any needed clarification and explanation from the homeowner.
Is there an API?
Yes. VALIDITY is a stand-alone application that any party can utilize via the API. It has no dependencies on Stewart Valuation Intelligence, so it can be used by appraisers, AMCs, lenders or investors for appraisals Stewart Valuation Intelligence may not be involved in.
Can a lender/investor access archives of their data?
Yes, archives are available in JSON.
Can a lender/investor have a configured instance?
The VALIDITY app is configurable so a lender/investor can configure their own instance with customized question sets, instructions and required photos.