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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Fortunately, Zillow is not in Canada!

Jan 13, 2016 10:37 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

My stock answer is that is very general information and not customized to their particular home or our area. It takes a local real estate expert to know the local market and all its influences and to properly evaluate real estate and I know how to do that not Zillow.

Jan 13, 2016 10:28 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

STOP, STOP, STOP! The biggest reason to STOP in my area is that our MLS does NOT syndicate to Zillow and has no contract with them. That means that Zillow has only a very small percentage of our listings on their site and buyers are not getting the full picture. If they insist on using a major portal like this instead of my website(s) I send them to At least they have all the listings.

Jan 13, 2016 08:08 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

That it is inaccurate and that out here, the boards do not cooperate with them, so they do not have substantial amounts of data (listings, pricing histories, etc.).

Jan 13, 2016 02:06 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I really don't need to answer after I stop laughing.

Jan 13, 2016 11:17 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

NM is a non-disclosure state so there is no way Z can be correct on sale prices.

Jan 13, 2016 07:54 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not mind. Those website give a general idea so they can decide where, how much, what they want to buy. 

Jan 13, 2016 04:14 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    I do NOT bad mouth Zillow, because that may be taken as an insult.  "Show me what you are looking at on Zillow... give me the Link".  Then I take the conversation from that point. 

Jan 13, 2016 12:50 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

That it is not all that accurate.

Jan 13, 2016 10:58 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

I assume they will use Zillow, Trulia, etc. so I just educate them about the pro’s and con’s and we do fine.

Jan 13, 2016 10:52 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I tell them that the most accurate information is through the MLS and that they need a REALTOR to help them understand the nuances of the market.

Jan 13, 2016 10:31 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I always tell my customers to check out for the most current information. 

Jan 13, 2016 10:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Lots of people follow zillow but there are upgrades that zillow does not take into figuring prices.

Jan 13, 2016 10:27 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Look at those pretty women from

Jan 13, 2016 10:20 AM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

Fred Griffin  Awesome answer!  Use it to your advantage.   "That is great, I see you are checking out the competion and you have a great idea on what is out there. Most consumers start their search on the internet . I then tell them how an appraiser works and where they get their info from. Also throwing in there that they have never been in their home to see what sets it apart. "

Jan 14, 2016 01:42 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I wait.

Eventually they will tell me WHY they turn to 'The Darkside.'

If an agent responds before getting to the client's real why the agent not only INVALIDATES the client, the agent does not allow themself the opportunity to 'listen' to their clients perception regarding the voids of service delivered by our industry.

Then I casually ask, "Do you watch the Kardasians also?"

Jan 13, 2016 10:08 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

They all look, so it's good to be prepared with an answer. Zillow numbers are a very broad and general indication, but lack up-to-date detailed information and accuracy, so cannot be relied on. We all know they are ususally way off. Best to show real examples of how inaccurate their values are, which are based on purely public data (may be dated), without the intangibles such as area amenities, location or other features of what constitutes a neighborhood.

Jan 13, 2016 09:53 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

We live in a non disclosure state. Zillo does not have assess to our sold data so they inaccurate by 20-30% . I explain this fact to my clients.

Jan 13, 2016 09:31 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Dumb Ass!

Jan 13, 2016 09:09 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

That it's not a tool real estate professionals, particularly appraisers, use.

Jan 13, 2016 09:06 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I tell them that zillow zestimates are crap, inaccurate, and misleading, and that they either need to use our site or to search for homes.  No point in beating around the bush.  

Jan 13, 2016 08:47 PM
Liz Roque
Global Luxury Realty, LLC - Miami Beach, FL
Agent serving West Broward and Hollywood beach

I tell my clients that Zillow is a great benchmark to get an idea of neighborhoods, prices, etc, but it will never be equivalent to an actual agent.

Jan 13, 2016 08:33 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Zillow can provide an overview,  but sometimes the lack of local knowledge will put things out of whack! Be careful out there!

Jan 13, 2016 08:18 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 generalized information at best as gleaned from the local MLS.

Jan 13, 2016 05:09 PM
Toronto, ON

Zillow is only for American properties, not Canadian properties.

Jan 13, 2016 04:53 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Anthony Acosta - The truth and the whole truth!

Jan 13, 2016 02:39 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I share with them the Zestimate on my house.

Jan 13, 2016 02:11 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

nothing.  I show them the listing on the MLS, sometimes it's available, sometimes it's sold.  Eventually they all get it.

Jan 13, 2016 01:29 PM
Bob Force (REALTOR®)
Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill - Mount Airy, MD
The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate

Zillow is not current.  

- A listing that you fall in love with may be already under contract.  

-Estimates are really questimates.

Jan 13, 2016 12:44 PM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

That it is not the most accurate source of information.  Especially don't use for the valuations.  I can't complain much, as our MLS isn't the most accurate when it comes to accepted offers.

Jan 13, 2016 12:03 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I explain what Zillow does, and why accuracy may not be a priority for them.

Mar 31, 2019 01:36 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

That Zillow information is inaccurate in most cases. I just learned some new information in a meeting I attend yesterday. I'll be using it from now on!

Sep 09, 2016 07:31 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Just the opposite. I tell them that Zillow is a joke.

Jan 19, 2016 10:57 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Anthony - I let them know that there is a lot of information that is not accurate and out-dated on the site. I would recommend that they use information through our MLS, but some still like to use Zillow, Trulia, etc. Then I have to be the bad guy and tell them, "That home already sold".

Jan 15, 2016 07:05 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Every market is unique, and Zillow is giving very generalized opinion.  A

Jan 14, 2016 08:53 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The will probably use Zillow regardless of what you tell them.

It is easy to simply advise them not to rely upon Zillow figures for their important decisions.

Jan 14, 2016 02:29 AM
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

That zillow has very outdated data info.  And it's true listings are pending show active, listings sold show active ect

Jan 14, 2016 12:21 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I email them listings and offer them ability to search on my website.

Jan 13, 2016 11:46 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its part of the vast sea of Real Estate. Now, lets set sail for destination

Jan 13, 2016 11:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's discussed during a pre-listing presentation.... we're listing agents....

Jan 13, 2016 11:20 PM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

I tell them that Disneyland is a nice place to visit but I don't want to live there.

Further response depends on Seller or Buyer, I always point out to Sellers that the Zillow site itself claims that they are only within 5% of actual value approximately a third of the time.

Zillow accuracy rate

Jan 13, 2016 10:52 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Zthe Zbest zanswer zis Zit Zdepends.   

Jan 13, 2016 10:46 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I explain they do not have access to sold data.  Give them a CMA and say here are the facts.

Jan 13, 2016 09:33 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

A place to find some of the most inaccurate real estate information

Jan 13, 2016 09:16 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Anthony. That the information can't be trusted.

Jan 13, 2016 05:09 PM