Chris Webb, Tucson's Social Media Expert  (Nova Home Loans)

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Definitely a tricky topic.  Zillow in my opinion is losing momentum, and is being eclipsed by Realtor,com owned by Rupert Murdoch, who does not lack for funds.  It is a better site, etc, however, the people I have polled that had paid for leads on Zillow did not get any, and one agent paid $700 a month for a promises a number of viable leads per month, and if you don't get them, they give you the next month free...and one conversion into $$$ was made by those we I don't know what the heck they are doing for anyone...

They just have more pages, and look good as a result to the Google they are in the top positions on search.  A

Jun 24, 2015 02:11 AM
Nancy Hankin
RE/MAX Real Estate Consultants - Palm Springs, CA

Empty my Wallet and does not give me anything worthwhile in Return. These Lead Generating companies are trying to take over our industry. WAKE UP REALTORS, and STOP paying all those big bucks to buy your own listings back.

Jun 24, 2015 09:43 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Chris -- it creates an opportunity for discussion.  

Jun 24, 2015 02:09 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I can say it does make a good starting point for discussion. Most of it from confused home owners who have received incorrect information.  The problems i see are they care more about charging for zip codes than providing good content. Second by allowing for sale by owners a free for all, they are taking the zestimates as 100% accurate and could be either under pricing or over pricing their homes. 

Jun 24, 2015 10:14 AM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

Not enough

Jun 24, 2015 06:24 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Ron and Alexandra Seigel please don't go for brevity, at least not when you have good info to share! Your comment here was interesting and put a couple of stars next to in my book. 

Jun 24, 2015 05:18 AM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Zillow is one of the most inaccurate sites on the internet. I just typed in my address to see if they had updated it recently. The map they are using is at least 4 years old based on the lack of houses built in my neighborhood over the past 4 years.  It estimates my value $90,000 under where it would sell at if I sold it today.  It says prices have dropped in the last 30 days by 2% when they have risen.  I think it actually helps agents as buyers go to the site and realize what a joke it is.

Jun 24, 2015 02:12 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Actually, their Zestimates are so bad, it makes me look good.

Jun 24, 2015 01:33 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Zillow is around because unsuspecting people go to them and pay them money for what is already their's.

I have learned how to use Zillow against themselves, but they are still a thorn in our sides!

Jun 24, 2015 12:37 PM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

It has done nothing but confuse people.  I hear people talk about what Zillow says about prices, listings and I cringe. 

Jun 24, 2015 10:15 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It does nothing for me when it comes to owner occupants, but where it is best is rentals. On my rental properties and those I sell to investors it is number one in creating traffic.

Jun 24, 2015 09:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Zillow Zestimates do provide a topic for discussion with prospective home sellers and home buyers.

Jun 24, 2015 06:51 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Chris Webb Not a thing.

Jun 24, 2015 04:49 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hahaha, I voted for both of your answers, Ron and Alexandra, and Michael Jacobs. They are both right. 

Jun 24, 2015 03:52 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Not a single thing. 

Jun 24, 2015 03:43 AM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

I have never paid for a lead. I have received messages about my properties and have closed some leads that are from random messages about homes in the area. It has proven my value as an agent being able to tear their pricing apart to sellers without ever saying a negative thing about it. 

Jun 24, 2015 03:14 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Makes life complicated because you have to explain to sellers why their zestimate is wrong, tell clients the house they want to see is really not even on the market, its just a mess. 

Jun 24, 2015 02:49 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Not all that much.

Jun 24, 2015 02:28 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Great talk for cocktail parties.  So, how much is your house worth this week?

Jun 24, 2015 02:16 AM