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Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its mark on the residential construction industry by expediting tasks for architects and designers. Generative AI, such as ChatGPT, can generate text and images based on human prompts for a faster approach to design ideation. Designers are now utilizing AI tools such as Midjourney and DALL-E to convert verbal descriptions into visual concepts.

For real estate professionals, AI tools such as Epique AI, Virtual Staging AI, and RealityNinja AI Listing Description Generator can produce Realtor biographies, enhance property images, and accelerate the process of writing listing descriptions, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Still, [Annilee B.] Waterman emphasizes that AI is a tool—it’s designed to be used by professionals, not replace them. She says AI is great for quickly showcasing ideas, but it can’t design in a vacuum. And while AI can generate a blueprint, [Leslie] Carothers reminds that it cannot build the product or room or home or cover practicalities like material durability or HVAC.

"AI cannot deliver on the most important factor for most consumers who want a well-designed home: the human connection to make sure that all the issues that come up in the execution process are resolved in as stress-free a manner as possible," says Carothers.

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