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The Dangers (and benefits) of Zillow

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When researching the housing market, the first place most people go is the internet. There are a lot of different sites out there that claim to have accurate knowledge of the real estate market. The one I would like to talk about today is Zillow.

Zillow is a great tool to use for researching the housing market, but there is a lot of inaccurate information out there that I think you should be aware of.  If you are looking to sell your home and use the Zillow listing as a reference, the truth is that 8 out of 10 times you are looking at a figure that is lower than what your house is really worth

Zillow is not very accurate for current home listings, but it does have some advantages you should know about. Zillow is used today like the "Kelley Blue Book of Real Estate". This can be a bad thing due to innacurate pricing, but it can also be a good thing, because if your house is appraised correctly,  you will see a ton of traffic on your home. To get a true home appraisal, visit 

This 3rd party validation can shoot down Zillow's appraisal instantly, and get your home on the market accurately. 

One positive of Zillow is that it is a great tool for buyers. If you are a buyer, Zillow gives you a good idea of what the market for similar homes is like. The information they have on sold homes is accurate and will give you a better picture of what your home could sell for. 

When selling a home, it comes down to three things. Price, condition, and location. Zillow doesn't take these factors into account, so you really need an agent when you are buying. Not only will an agent be able to sell your house for more, but they will be able to give you an honest, personalized appraisal. 

If you have a bad value for your home on Zillow, only a certified appraisal can combat this. I can do a quick 10 minute walk through on your home to give you an idea of what it is really worth. To set an appointment up to get your certified home appraisal, please visit and you will be on your way to getting a great price for your home.

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