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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

If I ever pay Z $$ for anything ... anyone and everyone has my permission to just shoot me in the head ... game over. 

Jan 14, 2018 11:29 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

You know this is a tough crowd where Z is concerned.

Jan 14, 2018 12:06 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I soooo dislike Z.... but my daughter pays to be a Premier Agent.... has all of her testimonials submitted there....and then "she responds to every one of them"....and that's the key, Hella.... homeowners have called her because they've read every testimonial and were very impressed with the fact that she responded to each one.... not a canned response either... a personal response.... 

that made her money....several times....

Jan 14, 2018 12:05 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     No experience... yet.  But with NAR on the brink of extinction, and Realtor dot com coming in a distant second for real estate internet searches, I may consider it.


Jan 14, 2018 12:33 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It's a great way to keep up with your listings and tweak them as needed. I don't pay for leads but, just the ability to have a profile and be the one to control my listings there.

Jan 14, 2018 04:11 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Even as a Premier Agent you are competing for your own listings with 4-5 other agents ... it's who gets to the prospective buyer first ... and many of them are really not interested in talking with an agent.    

Jan 14, 2018 03:50 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Never had the experience and don't plan to. I don't know anyone personally who is one

Jan 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

A lot of names and contact info of potential buyers who were often either not that motivated or another Agents Client !

Jan 14, 2018 11:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not an experience that I have had, and do not plan to have either.

Jan 14, 2018 06:14 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We know someone who spends a lot of money on Zillow.  It works for her, and we know others who don't spend a dime there, they are still making in the high 6 figures.  It depends on your brand and strategy.  A

Jan 14, 2018 04:33 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I looked into it a couple times.  Back in the Trulia days, you could get their equivalent for $30 a month (or year).  That is no longer an option and all I could see when I looked last year (and talked with theif sales staff) was a monthly bidding with a very high minimum bid.  No option for a flat fee or "I'm just looking to shut out other agents from displaying on my listings" option.


I know the consensus here is anti-zillow.  On Lab Coat Agents it's mostly positive.  The people who have done well with the paid leads are (sadly) spending over 10k per month and have two full time employees who do nothing but follow-up with them.  Allegedly Z now started a conceirge service in 17 to reach out to the lead first and phone you when they were on with a hot lead, but I've not heard much about that.


Personally, I've seen premiere agents get the zestimate modified and I've seen them write their own reviews and get them published faster than non-premier agents.  If I could get it for $20 a month (or not much more) for the simple fact that my mug would be the only one receiving the leads from my listings, that would be well worth it to me.

Jan 14, 2018 04:15 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't pay to be a Premier Agent, but my company has negotiated that status for its agents in return for syndicating our listings to them. Any value? No.

Jan 14, 2018 01:16 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I never signed up.

Jan 14, 2018 12:44 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Never have done this, Hella Mitschke Rothwell - although I get their advertising all the time.  

Jan 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No experience

Jan 14, 2018 11:55 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I got 3 free leads from so far this year.  One is qualified looking for basement bargain.  

I did get several clients from Trulia not that I had any paid membership. They found me including a high power machine language scientist. 

One does better in front of real persons not through a cable or fiber.

Jan 15, 2018 10:42 AM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

I got a pretty minimal response.  there are 2-5 power agents that pay a ton and their name pops up eveyr other click.  Anyone else just appears every now and then.  Not worth it, unless you are the power player with $$$ spent.   For the power agent- they ahve a huge team of agents, so it is worth it to get their people business.  For a duo like me, I get enough with my other sources. 

Jan 15, 2018 09:41 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Not signed up with them.

Jan 15, 2018 02:37 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hella Mitschke Rothwell - I am not much worried about that!

They always want us to pay more - and I am at the minimal level.

Jan 14, 2018 09:03 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do not deal with NON-Professional sites that use my listings to lure people away from me and then try to sell me the lead back for unGODly amounts

Jan 14, 2018 06:58 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have never been a premier agent though do have a relationship with Zillow through our franchise company C-21. We get leads.

Jan 14, 2018 04:26 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't have a problem with Zillow but I was never attracted to the program. I think if you are a team and downstream leads to aggressive agents it might be OK.

Jan 14, 2018 01:42 PM
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia &San Antonio

I have used Zillow in the past and gained a bit over cost back in about 2011. Then prices started up and leads were worse so stopped.  Decided to retry them in 2016 as we are small market and many of the local agents were using zillow.   Absolute expensive dud.  People with agents calling on Sat night to check on an AO property because they didn't /couldn't reach their agent,   couldn't qualify for a loan, "just shopping"  I even had the concierge service which was nice because you didn't have to stop cooking to answer the phone but NOTHING.  Went to which was cheaper but just as bad.  NOTHING.  Scoping out ZIllow the other day and found 90% of the local agents have left the premier program.   I am now relying on referrals, SEO and blogging, etc.  and some marketing.  Have 3 closings in the next couple of weeks so that is working much better.  (oh actually one is a zillow lead that I have nuturing for a year)

Feb 13, 2018 01:06 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In 20+ years I have not paid for leads, and would never give Z one dollar!  Anyone I have spoken to about these leads has not ever seen their money back with closings.

Jan 17, 2018 06:35 AM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I would rather spend the money on facebooks ads, and farming material.

Jan 15, 2018 12:51 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Have never considered it!

Jan 15, 2018 12:04 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

A good friend of mine loves it!

Jan 15, 2018 08:36 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I think Zillow should be paying me for using my listings, my creative prose in the property descriptions and the photos...

Jan 15, 2018 06:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I never have.

Jan 15, 2018 05:56 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I use premier agent to get more exposure for my listings. At one time it earned you leads however now you have to pay for zip codes to get worthless leads which i will not do. I have come to the conclusion that i do attract buyers to my listings from Zillow, so i need to be there.

Jan 15, 2018 05:32 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

What a great idea.

Of course The Evil Empires endgame is the $2,500 transaction fee.

I think agents should pay Z $1,000 a month to achieve that outcome.

Jan 15, 2018 05:09 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Love reading the comments here.

Jan 15, 2018 04:17 AM