Spam prevention
Rainmaker
5,050,614
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Tom,

I have seen so much $$$ being wasted on Zillow.  A

Mar 18, 2016 09:28 AM
Rainer
149,906
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Nope, if you were an early adopter and got the best zip codes, and the majority of the slots, but not the scraps they have left now.

Mar 18, 2016 01:26 PM
Rainmaker
1,463,129
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

You pay, but you don't get any leads.  Don't do it....

Mar 18, 2016 09:51 AM
Ambassador
4,320,726
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think there are more effective ways to use that same money with a better return

Mar 18, 2016 10:45 AM
Rainer
308,078
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I wouldn't purchase Zillow leads.

Mar 18, 2016 09:42 AM
Ambassador
1,770,705
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I have had good luck with them

Mar 18, 2016 09:32 AM
Rainmaker
420,735
Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
"I Stay Open Until You Close"

I will never pay for Zillow leads.  I have a colleague that pasy $345 a month for 10,000 impressions in his selected town.  He has received two viable leads so far.  All Zillow does is take our listings, sales stats,other publically available info, corner the market with their big bucks spending on SEO etc, and sell everything they attract back to us.  

Mar 18, 2016 10:16 PM
Rainmaker
6,029,933
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You will have better results when you generate your own leads.

Mar 18, 2016 10:02 PM
Rainmaker
769,402
Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN

No.is the short answer. 

Mar 18, 2016 09:06 PM
Rainer
273,909
Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

No way, market youself instead !!

Mar 18, 2016 08:40 PM
Ambassador
4,892,008
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

They are for zillow, but most agents that I have spoken to find them a way to throw away hard earned money that they cannot afford to spend.

A few do like them though.

Mar 18, 2016 05:58 PM
Rainmaker
3,067,662
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

was looking for a response from David Barr 

Mar 18, 2016 02:13 PM
Rainmaker
1,523,816
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

No, I have heard a lot of horror stories from agents who pay them.

Mar 18, 2016 01:14 PM
Rainmaker
3,615,012
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No

Mar 18, 2016 12:10 PM
Rainmaker
385,902
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I've never purchased leads from Zillow or anyone else.  

A realtor friend signed up for leads and it cost him about $400.00/mo. on a six month contract.  Nothing.  A total waste of money for him.

I've occasionally heard agents say they've had success buying Zillow leads, but I don't hear it very often. 

Mar 18, 2016 11:52 AM
Rainmaker
1,231,318
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Pay, pay, pay >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Mar 18, 2016 11:05 AM
Rainmaker
904,769
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

No, I would not pay for them. Now if  they guaranteed exclusive leads it might be something to consider...

 

Mar 18, 2016 10:25 AM
Rainmaker
354,544
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Not worth it , work you sphere

Mar 18, 2016 10:13 AM
Rainer
140,310
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

***yawn*** seriously, another Zillow question.

Instead of asking folk on here who most likely have little to no experience with Zillow, why don't you check out the agents in zip codes that you service and see how they are doing with it. 

Mar 18, 2016 09:47 AM
Rainmaker
790,016
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

I think they are expensive for what you receive.

Mar 18, 2016 09:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,321,172
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

From what I've heard, no.  I've gotten a couple free ones which were ok but won't turn into anythin.

Mar 18, 2016 09:37 AM
Rainmaker
1,682,389
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

From what I have heard, "NO".  I wouldn't waste my money on it.

Mar 18, 2016 09:20 AM
Rainmaker
1,638,266
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Not according to me they're not.

Mar 18, 2016 09:20 AM
Rainer
9,589
Sheila Siegel
California Property Group - Santa Barbara, CA

I unfortunately got sucked in by a phone sales person at Zillow by the name of Maxwell Mirman. I was told I would get 12,500 impressions on Zillow and a bonus of being on Facebook. Sounded great until I got the onboarding call, explaining that it is up to Zillow on how they divide the impressions which are somehow split between Facebook and Zillow. Not what I was told/sold by Maxwell, and Maxwell actually told me in my next call with him that "he takes responsibility" for the error and I could just have my impressions on Zillow. How about just honoring what I was sold on the phone? There is also NO proof of the number of impressions. Beware of this guy if he calls you so you don't get scammed like I did. Next stop, Attorney General.

Aug 16, 2018 06:45 AM
Ambassador
1,542,090
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I have no use for Z.

Mar 18, 2016 10:29 PM
Rainmaker
3,225,129
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

No no and no, when too many leads go to too many people and most either already have an agent or are just looking again no. I am against any business model that takes the leads on our listings and they sell them back to us and other agents. NO OTHER agents should be listed on my listings

Mar 18, 2016 10:22 PM
Rainmaker
1,958,367
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Like an form of dealing with the public they are the needle in the haystack

Mar 18, 2016 09:34 PM
Rainmaker
2,359,447
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Tom. It is not worth paying for any lead generation at all. Build your referral base one client at a time or one referral partner at a time.

Mar 18, 2016 07:08 PM
Ambassador
2,759,162
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 As in everything, some folks swear at them some folks swear by them.

Mar 18, 2016 06:36 PM
Rainmaker
634,116
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Nooooooooooo!

Mar 18, 2016 06:27 PM
Ambassador
4,308,044
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tom Bailey - It's a personal choice. All lead generation methods bring some results - including Zillow.

If you can justify return on  this investment, why not?

Mar 18, 2016 04:43 PM
Rainmaker
504,038
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

No.  If you are staying in touch with your past client, encouraging your current clients to tell their family and friends about you, and responding to all call and inquiries ... why would you need Zillow?  Why pay for your own listings?  Alot of wasted time with Zillow leads who are also talking with 5 other agents.

Mar 18, 2016 02:09 PM
Ambassador
2,979,590
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

totally depends on your market. when I started with zillow in 2010 I was one of two people doing a zip code in my market. Now there are dozens.

Mar 18, 2016 01:35 PM
Rainmaker
221,512
LuxurySoCalRealty Compass San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

To make a nationwide statement one way or another would be fair. I think you should go on there and see who your competition is. Keep in mind you have to have past sales and reviews or for sure it won't work.

Mar 18, 2016 10:42 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,329
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Zillow does not offer leads in our great nation.

Mar 18, 2016 10:05 AM
Rainer
2,790
Candace Bailey
LSI Life - Las Vegas, NV
Real Estate broker specializing in investments

There are alot of mixed review on zillow leads. My conclusion is it is not worth the intial investment

Mar 23, 2016 04:48 AM
Rainmaker
4,477,565
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

A REALTORS around here have paid ( A LOT ) and saw next to nothing in return.

Mar 20, 2016 12:37 AM
Rainmaker
1,507,314
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I never did. If you are a big agent with deep pockets ~ it works great.

Mar 19, 2016 05:21 PM
Ambassador
2,216,058
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

No.

Mar 19, 2016 12:01 PM
Ambassador
1,208,334
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I despise Zillow, their lead selling, and their zestimates.  That said, one of the top producers in our office swears by it.  He sells more than I do so who knows?  I prefer to grow my business year after year by referrals and working my database of past clients.  

Mar 19, 2016 03:42 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,637
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

INHO...NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why do you want to deal with a non-professional company that takes your listings, grabs the interested parties and then sells them to you?  They are your potential clients already!

Mar 19, 2016 01:52 AM
Rainmaker
1,421,477
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tom Bailey Zillow is the only one making any money off of these leads.

Mar 19, 2016 12:26 AM
Rainmaker
836,855
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If your real estate business is designed to chase vapors, that is what a Internet lead amounts to, vapor, then handing dollars to the dark side can prove beneficial.

A solo operator whose business structure is 'value/realationship' based will find it extremely difficult to benefit from vapors.

However, Internet leads and the leads you can generate on-line are entirely different. Why? The leads YOU generate on-line are citizens who have self-selected. This is the type of lead the solo operator, who has limited bandwidth, can fully support.

Advise: if you jump into the 'internet lead' buying arena, you will need an assistant who does not have telephone calling phobia.

Do I support the dark side by sending them my money? NO!

Mar 19, 2016 12:14 AM
Rainmaker
5,468,887
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my daughter has been paying for them for a year and has had two good leads that resulted in one buyer side closing....and one deal with a buyer side closing and took their listing many towns away.... they liked her and made it easy for her to list the home... I THINK SHE WAS VERY FORTUNATE WITH THOSE LEADS.... most people get junk.... must have been her pretty face!!!!!

Mar 19, 2016 12:03 AM
Rainmaker
3,748,132
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not in my opinion!

Mar 18, 2016 11:57 PM
Rainmaker
3,610,429
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't think so, but you need to decide for yourself.

Mar 18, 2016 11:40 PM
Rainmaker
1,106,176
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Tom Bailey 

You can sign up for a basic profile paying $10-20/month so people can find you.  Top agents wanting a presence buy  2 or 3 zip codes as premiere agent to get leads or block other premiere agents on your owner listing. Coldwell B. does that. They have 90,000 premiere agents paying on the average of $465 per mo nationwide.  

There are agents getting listing from Z. Most leads are people months away needing hand holding as buyers. 

Mar 18, 2016 10:10 AM