Search Acumen launches Artificial Intelligence tools

Proptech

Search Acumen has introduced artificial intelligence (AI) tools to speed up the legal due diligence involved in UK property transactions.

The tools are used to progress transactions of property portfolios by interrogating and cleansing address data submitted by legal firms.

The address cleansing tool reduces administrative time spent error-checking and correcting property addresses and creates a more accurate and efficient due diligence process.

Lawyers can then spend more time analysing the data and consulting with clients on any potential risks to progress transactions more efficiently.

Andrew Lloyd, managing director at Search Acumen, said: “We are at a tipping point in the property industry and now is the moment for us all to come together and support the shift towards digital once and for all. We have seen several innovations arise to facilitate property transactions under Covid-19 and collaboration will be key in harnessing these, giving consumers and businesses a faster, simpler and more reliable service.

“We have long been advocates of AI, machine learning and other transformative technologies to streamline and accelerate vital legal real estate processes. While there has been a lot of talk and hype around AI, very few are walking the walk and putting words into actions for the benefit of conveyancers and commercial real estate lawyers. The development of our first machine learning tools is an industry first, which shows how applying technology in daily workflows can radically improve tasks that are often frustrating, frequently mundane and absolutely essential to get right without delay.

“We are already seeing significant cost and time saving benefits for our clients. Rather than replacing jobs, the introduction of AI and machine learning to property transactions enables lawyers and support staff to get back to their role as expert consultants and provide first-class service to their clients.

“This is the first stage in our transition to becoming a business with AI and machine learning at its core. Having also been part of the world’s first blockchain trial for property transactions, we are committed to equipping real estate lawyers with the tools and techniques to embrace the digital age and make the due diligence process fit-for-purpose for the 21st Century.”

The address cleansing tool is now available to all users of Search Acumen’s Portfolio Cloud service – the first technology platform underpinned by AI which allows law firms to create and manage search requirements for entire property portfolios in a single interface.

Search Acumen has simultaneously deployed machine learning to bolster its customer support team.

The tool cuts the current processing time of search requests down by categorising emails and attachments and forwarding data to the correct location.

The technology is capable of filtering and combining the contents of unlimited emails and attachments received from Local Authorities and other external sources in one place in seconds.