David Barr (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)

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Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Jay T. from Zillow Group here. 

First, Zillow and Trulia are not losing 25% of their listings - not even close. Once we get all the incoming feed agreements in place, we'll actually have more listings displayed that we did when ListHub was sending feeds.

ListHub is not the only listing source we have. In fact, over 130 MLSs have agreed to send direct feeds just since January and we are literally adding more every day. That's in addition to the over 5,000 brokerages sending direct feeds, as well as most large national franchise operations (KW, RE/MAX, Realogy, etc).

Over 80 million people visited Zillow last month, and 220 homes per second are viewed on Zillow mobile apps. There's still many many people using Zillow Group sites.

Broker choice matters, and it's the broker that should determine where their listings are displayed. Direct feeds from MLSs enable broker choice, as well as increase accuracy of listings displayed on Zillow Group sites.

Apr 09, 2015 02:17 AM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

If I were an agent I would never inform my clients of anywhere for searching other than my own personal or company website/IDX.

 

The more places consumers visit, the more advertisements they see, and the more opportunity that your clients will become someone else's clients.

 

So far as large nationwide search portals, there are still no better options than Z, T, and R, but locally, I'd have my clients using my own search options.

Apr 09, 2015 04:01 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

REALTOR is a catchy term and REALTOR.com WAS positioned to be #1 for all time. Then someone built a better mousetrap which consumers found entertaining and easier to use. Z/T, as you call it, know who their customers are and will adapt accordingly while the dead horse continues to be beaten.   

Apr 09, 2015 01:57 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is better to simply advise prospects to use your own website for their searches to take advantage of the up to date information. 

There is little to benefit by bashing others.

Apr 09, 2015 01:41 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Where else can the consumer go, even if they wanted to?

Are YOU promoting your Franchise search tools or perhaps the consumer portal to the local MLS? 

The consumer is looking for something neutral, not agent branded. Since agents have been pre-occupied with their branding, the space has been vacated and filled by a non-real estate enterprise. We did it to ourselves and from all indications, the majority of agents will continue in this direction until they finally realize Z's real objective. Then it will be too late.

By the way, the consumer finds the inadequacies of Z and T to be acceptable (perhaps ignorance is blissa) including the guesstimates. What needs to be understood is they really are unaware of other choices. 

Are you going to start promoting other search resources to the public that appear neutral and assures the public of unbiased, timely, accurate data?

Apr 09, 2015 12:58 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

I  think people still love Z & T. They do get information other than listing  there. For me, I  do let my clients know.

I think time will tell us what will happen. 

Apr 09, 2015 12:49 AM
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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I am not sure that it is no longer the place for consumers to check out homes, for example our local TAR has an agreement in place with Zillow.com, direct feed to MLS listings.  They probably thought this thru and have other sources.  As a preimer agent on Zillow.com, I add all the listings I represent to ensure they get the max traffic and online exposure.   Will be interested to see if there are any changes on Zillow.com

Apr 09, 2015 12:35 AM
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Ben DeHaven
Haven Realty & Investments - Winter Haven, FL
Proudly serving Winter Haven & Lakeland, Florida

Might not help much, but I did post about it on Facebook. 

Apr 09, 2015 12:31 AM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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I don't like either and am not telling my clients anything.  I did get some info that our MLS is working on a deal with Z that will allow them to continue to pick up OUR listings. 

Apr 09, 2015 12:31 AM
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Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

Everything is okay now.

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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I haven't started talking to my clients about Z and T a long time ago. Most of the naturally turned away due to inaccuracies on their sites. 

Apr 09, 2015 01:47 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't think my clients really care one way or another, as I'm their source for listings.

Apr 09, 2015 07:31 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Z & T was NEVER the place to go for anything Real Estate.   I tell everyone all the time.   Now I hear people saying they don't want either of these two companpanies to have any access to their listing.

Apr 09, 2015 06:33 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Clients never listen to us. We just have to do a better job in our presentation on line so the clients will think of us first.

Apr 09, 2015 01:10 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

I'm not saying anything.  If someone asks I'll tell them but otherwise it's silence...

Apr 09, 2015 01:08 AM