Once upon a time there was a home buyer. This buyer was looking to get a good deal on a home. They found an advertisement and called the owner directly. The owner told the buyer that if he didn’t use an agent he would keep the price lower and save them thousands. Excited, the buyer looked up the home on Zillow and saw that it was worth $424,000. The seller offered to sell the home to him for $365,000. “What a deal” the buyer thought and quickly agreed to the purchase. And the SELLER lived happily ever after!
The buyer thought they were saving $59,000, but in reality they LOST $30,000!
Where does Zillow make their money? Advertising.
In an interview Greg Schwartz (Zillow CEO) said “The first and largest revenue stream is our Marketplace revenue stream — which includes local advertising from real estate agents, from mortgage brokers, banks, and brokerage firms — which is our largest and dominant revenue stream.”
Unfortunately, that doesn’t help you with your home purchase. Zillow is not looking out for you, they are providing a service for those annoying pop-up ads that bombard you while you’re on their site. So who is looking out for you?
While Zillow’s estimates are generated by incorrect information on a very broad scale, Neighborhood Experts have intimate knowledge about your local area. So they can provide an accurate evaluation. They are also local, so they care about maintaining the value and stability of the area.
Neighborhood Experts don’t make their money from advertising. Agents are paid by home sellers to get their home sold. If the home doesn’t sell, no one get’s paid. Can you imagine if you had to pay your agent every time someone wanted to see your home? They’d over price the house so it would never sell, or under-price it to get more showings. That may be the way Zillow does it, but not Neighborhood Experts.
An average real estate agent sells approximately 6 homes a year. Neighborhood Experts sell more than 4 times that. This experience will give you the assurance you need when making your transaction. You wouldn’t want to use the same agent who may fell for Zillow’s advertising would you?
Any time I hear about another victim of Zillow’s inaccurate evaluations I just cringe. Before you make any real estate decisions goBE Informed! If you’re looking at buying or selling a home in the near future contact us today to talk with your Neighborhood Expert.
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Don’t fall into Zillow’s trap, make your decisions based on accurate information.