Four Ways Zillow is Ruining Your Home Search
On a cool February afternoon, Beth Munoz and her husband Morgan decided they were ready to buy a home near the beach. After intently searching on Zillow, the knot in Beth's stomach grew indicating that something wasn't adding up with what she was seeing.
Unfortunately, many people find out too late about the four ways Zillow is ruining their home search until they miss the chance to buy their dream home.
- Zillow is not in the business of helping you buy a home - Zillow is a marketing company in the business of selling ads to Realtors, not helping you buy a home . What's worse, they'll sell ads to anybody that has money to spend, including agents with indiscretions on their license. We have experience selling homes in the local area (check our experience map).
- Zillow can't show you all of the nearby homes for sale - Since they are not a licensed real estate company, they cannot access the MLS (what Realtors use to search). The results? Only 47% of listings have the correct sales prices, 60% of available homes are displayed (this will show you 100%).
- They force you to talk to a stranger - Have you ever noticed all the faces to the right of the home listings staring at you? Those are, potentially, used car salesmen with real estate licenses waiting to brow beat you with high-pressure sales tactics. We only provide a 5-star customer service experience (as rated by our client's).
- Zillow does not provide instant SMS communication with a Realtor - Let's face it, every minute counts when you find a home you love in a highly competitive real estate market. Unfortunately, Zillow makes you submit a "contact form" and then wait for a response (if it's ever seen at all) from the Realtor. I connect with you directly using a familiar text message format, keeping you in the loop at all times about new listings and their availability.
So how can YOU improve YOUR home search? Download the HomeSpotter app now.