DEBUNKING ZILLOW IN VENICE FL

Zillow and Trulia do not exist to sell homes.  

They are in business to sell advertising on their websites.

Unfortunately, the home buying public isn't aware that Zillow and Trulia are not actually real estate companies.

Zillow freely admits that their "Zestimates" are a range of values based on a mathematic formula.  Accuracy matters not at all to Zillow, as long as they can report continuing increases in traffic on their website.

 

A study of Zillow and Trulia listings show that each has 78% of the total active listings of Realtor.com and local MLS data.  The same study revealed that 17% of the properties displayed on these sites were not available for sale in the local MLS.  In 2012, a man hired by Zillow to gain access to local MLS data left after 18  months on the job, citing MLS associations' concern over mingling data with Zillow's inaccurate data.

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ZILLOW AND TRULIA

Consider these points when searching for real estate on Zillow:  

 

  • Zillow does not have one single employee, or licensed real estate professional, in any local market in the US or Canada, that has ever set foot in your home or your neighbor's home down the street;

  • Zillow has no knowledge of local neighborhood boundaries, making their Zestimates even more unreliable;

  • Their real estate values are calculated from an algorithm applied to publicly available tax values.  Tax values have nothing to do with market values;

  • Not one single mortgage lender uses Zillow "zestimates" for property values in a loan appraisal.

ZILLOW'S PRE-

FORECLOSURE MYTH

Zillow says they list pre-foreclosure homes on their website so buyers can get a leg up on getting the best deals first.

 

You cannot buy a pre-foreclosure property directly from a bank until they list it for sale in the MLS, or until it goes to auction.  Period.

 

Zillow scrapes pre-foreclosure data from local municipality tax databases, to appear to have a large number of available homes to the public.  

 

Zillow can show homes that are not actually for sale, because Zillow is not the MLS nor a licensed real estate broker.  All MLS groups across the country have rules governing data accuracy and property availability.  Zillow has no such governing rules.

WHAT ZILLOW AND TRULIA

MEAN FOR HOME SELLERS

As a seller, when you hire me to list  your home for sale, I am fully prepared to combat inaccurate Zillow data from the day your home hits the market, resulting in a realistic sale price and a quicker sale to educated home buyers.

 

If you try to list your home by owner on Zillow using Zillow "Zestimates", you could be costing yourself money by pricing your home too low.

ZILLOW'S ADVICE

FORUM

Zillow pays employees to act as "consumers" who give advice to potential buyers and sellers on their website forums.

 

Look at the number of posts or answers a supposed unpaid forum member makes on Zillow.  Who works that much not to get paid?

WHAT ZILLOW AND TRULIA 

MEAN FOR HOME BUYERS

As a buyer using Zillow or Trulia without a buyer's agent, inaccurate data will result in lost time and money.  

 

If the home won't pass an appraisal, which uses MLS data, you can't get your mortgage.  

 

You might have spent money on a home inspection, mortgage application fees, or surveys that aren't refundable and you'll have to back out of your contract.

LIST PRICE TRENDS

ARE MEANINGLESS

If you see statistics on Zillow or Trulia showing "list price trends", disregard them.

 

Our industry makes property valuations based on sales prices in individual neighborhoods, rather than listing prices.

 

List price statistics can be affected by a large new home community coming on the market, or a few luxury properties being listed in a particular zip code.  A prime example of this in the Sarasota area is zip code 34202.

ZILLOW'S MAKE ME MOVE MYTH

The supply of homes for sale is near historic lows across the country.  Zillow markets their "Make Me Move" feature as a way to increase options for potential home buyers.  It's pretty ridiculous.

 

If someone asked you what it would take to make you move, you'd probably give an inflated price.  A buyer will never get a mortgage for your inflated "Make Me Move" price.

ZILLOW'S

MOBILE APP

Zillow's mobile app has the same inaccurate data as it's website.

 

Do you really want to spend time and money driving to a property you found on the Zillow app, only to find it sold a year ago?

 

Read my blog post and get my mobile app with live, accurate MLS data.

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VERSUS ZILLOW

UPDATE 1/20/2020: Zillow continues to provide false and misleading statistics for Venice FL real estate.

I took a random screen shot of what they are displaying for Venice homes for sale below.  Their own website shows two different numbers of homes for sale.  In the screen capture below, Zillow says there are 1254 homes for sale in Venice.

Zillow Venice FL homes for sale map

In this screen capture below, from the same page, Zillow says there are 1189 homes for sale in Venice.

Zillow Venice FL real estate facts

From the screen capture above, Zillow says the median Venice home value is $235,800.  Below, data from our MLS shows the median home value for 2019 is $265,000 (median close price).  

Conclusion: Zillow data is misleading and should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

DAVID BARR

Licensed FL Broker Associate

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