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My client sent me an urgent email saying that the first thing tomorrow, they want to see this house that just came on the market - on Zillow. It's exactly what they've been looking for. They included the address.
If it just went on the market, then it must have been a few hours ago after the last time I checked the mls. So, I dutifully responded that I would check it out and make an appointment.
I went to the mls, and the home is not Active. It's a home I'm familiar with because I live in the area, and had sold the home to another buyer in 2011, but the buyer walked after the inspection. The home finally sold in February, 2012.
Since it wasn't showing on the mls, I telephoned my client to get more information from them. They said they had driven by the home, so I asked if there is a sign in the yard. "No, there is no sign," they said.
"Well, you are aware that Zillow keeps homes on their site long after they close."
"Yes, we're aware of that, but it says Days on Zillow (1), so we figured it was a new listing."
I went back to the mls to double check. Did I miss it? If it had been on Zillow for only (1) day, then Zillow must have just gotten it from the mls.
Or did they?
I checked the house description on Zillow and compared it with the house description on the Februay, 2012 closed listing. Sure enough, the description was the same.
This morning I checked the mls listings again. The home is not Active. I drove over to the home, and there is no sign in the yard. I went back to the Zillow site, and this morning it shows the Days on Zillow (2), which confirms that Zillow had just put that home on their site two days ago - one year after the home had sold.
Apparently, the low national housing inventory has affected Zillow so that they have a lower number of pages in which to get paid advertising from agents paying for ads to attract buyer leads. It appears that Zillow may have come up with the disengenious idea that if they place homes back on Zillow that have been closed long ago, that they could build more pages for advertising to gullible buyers who don't understand that Zillow is not the place to search for a home to buy.
Personally, I think it's outrageous. That deceptive advertising practice wastes the time of everyone concerned. It cost about one hour of my time, an hour of my client's time, and it will cost about 20 minutes of the time of each of the three Zillow premier agents that I contacted about the property.
Since the "Listing provided by" information is hidden at the bottom, and almost never seen by a consumer, then it was, in my opinion, a Zillow premier agent hoping to increase his/her odds of getting a call from a buyer.
Isn't Zillow bad enough, with their outdated listings, without having Realtors contribute to the problem by the practice of putting up listings that were sold one year ago?
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Bill Travis brings life to the famous song “Come Fly With Me” by taking the reader along on his many flights with Pan Am. His words beautifully encourage the reader to pursue their personal dream with visualization as a positive partner in that pursuit. You will “want more” from this talented writer who will motivate you to also aim high. Claire K. Connelly, Author - Books by Claire Connelly
I found the book both informative and inspirational, not to mention very well written. I particularly appreciate the underlying message that having a dream isn't enough, that it takes work and perseverance to achieve one's goals. I think your message is especially important in an era in which there seems to be a growing sense of entitlement. I also enjoyed your accounts of encounters with celebrities and your confrontations with troublesome passengers. Geoffrey Gomes
Pan Am Captain, Aiming High, is a story told with love – love of family, love of fellow colleagues, love of careers pursued. Each chapter exudes Bill's care and concern for the many people in his life who assisted him along his career paths. It is evident on each page that Bill told his story in such an enthralling way because he was blessed throughout his life by the vast experiences his jobs afforded him.
He set out to do what he felt he had to do to be successful and attain his goals. No obstacle was going to be insurmountable no matter how long it took him to reach his goal. Bill Travis tells his life story in an enjoyable, warm style with page after page of interesting and often exciting moments. Through dedication to doing the best job possible, Bill describes the importance of seeing or visualizing whatever path he was to embark upon.
This story is solid in its story line and can be inspirational for anyone of any age, especially if pursuing a dream is a goal. Susan Anderson, Teacher
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