Zillow Digs - A Picture Perfect New Feature

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Education & Training with Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus

What's in a picture?  Everything... almost.  People say that a photo or picture tells a thousand stories, but does it give you the estimate or potential costs?  Well it does now.

We are now tackling home improvement with yesterday’s launch of Zillow Digs, where home shoppers and homeowners can find visual inspiration and understand the real cost of remodeling projects – free on iPad and the Web. 

One of the unique features Zillow provides is that users can see Zillow’s proprietary Digs Estimate™ for the estimated cost of thousands of actual bathrooms and kitchens they are viewing, based on where they live.


A recent Ipsos study found that more than 75 percent of homeowners who bought a home in the past year completed a home improvement project. Nearly 25 percent of recent homeowners remodeled a bathroom or kitchen in the past year.

I've already created some Favorites that I don't mind sharing here.  You can see some examples of my favorite home features and the home improvement ideas I'm contemplating and drooling over...  lol~

Check out the video demo of Zillow Digs below and you'll see why we're so excited about this new product.

The Zillow Digs App is available for free:

·         On iPad: http://zlw.re/DigsDownload

·         On the Web: www.zillow.com/digs

Pop on over and check it out. While you're there, share your favorite home's features and the improvements that you "Dig" with others. You can build and connect with your following, and also follow those who are sharing their ideas and inspirations that are similar to yours.

I think you're going to "Dig" this new feature and tool on Zillow.

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Re-Blogged 5 times:

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  1. Les & Sarah Oswald 02/06/2013 08:54 AM
  2. Linda K. Mayer 02/07/2013 08:24 AM
  3. Laurie Matthias 02/09/2013 07:23 PM
  4. Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker 02/17/2013 07:38 AM
  5. LINDA SABO 02/20/2013 05:18 AM
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Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
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Cool.  I will have to check it out.  Could be a great source of photos for Pinterest.

Feb 06, 2013 05:20 PM #9
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Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD
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Interesting concept. One of our clients is starting a remodel and we can use the to benchmark the accuracy of the quote. If it's within + or - 15% it will prove to be a good tool. Thanks!

Feb 06, 2013 10:30 PM #10
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Debbie - I have shared many photos on Pinterest from Zillow and from the ZillowForPros Blog, these will inevitably end up on one of my "Home Improvement" board over there as well.

Feb 07, 2013 12:03 AM #11
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Jeff and Jane - keep me posted on that.  Also, maybe your client would allow you to do some "Before and After" photos to add to your digs and to share with your following and friends? Just a thought...  :-)

Feb 07, 2013 12:05 AM #12
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Check out my new "Dig" Board today - THE BIZARRE & UNUSUAL

If you like any of them, just click on the heart <3

Feb 07, 2013 01:23 AM #13
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Kathy Streib
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Brad- almost didn't recognize your new profile pic!!! Lookin' good.  I'm going to check it out!

Feb 09, 2013 06:42 AM #14
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Feb 09, 2013 09:47 AM #15
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Gita Bantwal
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Thank you for the information. I will check it out soon and share it with others.
Feb 09, 2013 08:14 PM #16
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Kathy Sheehan
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Looks like something worth checking out.   Thanks for the sharing the info.

Feb 10, 2013 12:24 AM #17
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Pat & Steve Pribisko
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Brad, the video on Zillow Digs looks interesting.  I'll check it out.

Feb 10, 2013 02:13 AM #18
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Kathy - Thanks for the Feature :-)

Feb 10, 2013 03:08 AM #19
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Laurie, Linda & Sarah, thanks for the Reblog and helping to get this out there. I have seen some really great stuff being shared over on Zillow Digs and appreciate you all sharing too. Thanks. :)

Feb 10, 2013 03:10 AM #20
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Gita, Kathy, Pat & Steve -

I hope you'll see the social/photo opportunity to connect with others, follow and be followed by friends and prospects, and my favorite part... the ability to capture leads and contacts from the contact form located at the bottom of ALL your "Dig Boards!" 

I have been sharing some before and after remodels, favorite home improvement estimates, and of course my favorite parts of a home that I dream of building, remodeling, or home improving myself someday. There are some great examples and awesome photos to get the creative juices either flowing, or extremely jealous!!  lol~

Words of wisdom: While it may be addicting and habit forming, it is still a great lead generation tool and awesome value to provide your clients and prospects if you choose to participate. 

Feb 10, 2013 03:17 AM #21
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Dorie Dillard
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Good afternoon Brad,

I too almost didn't recognize your new profile photo...very fun!! I came over from Kathy's post on her "Ah-ha" moments for the week....I can see why she picked this one! Very interesting and will definitely check this out!!!

Feb 10, 2013 04:58 AM #22
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Tammie White
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Wow, what will they think of next? Okay, I've got to check this one out. Thanks for the tip.

Feb 10, 2013 09:50 AM #23
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Hi Dorie - yup, hiding behind the shades and a beautiful girl! <Big Smile!>  I'll have to thank Kathy for including me in her "Ah-Ha" moments post. I think you'll like what we're doing with the Zillow Digs.  :-)

 

Feb 11, 2013 06:01 AM #24
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Tammie - lol~ Whatever we do think of next, I'll be sure you're all the first to know!!  :-)

Feb 11, 2013 06:50 AM #25
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What a great application zillow!! Some of those photo's are amazing!!

Feb 14, 2013 12:41 PM #26
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Thanks Sabrina - the best things about this new feature is 1. Some of the great pics are from homes actually for sale 2. It's giving all of us the opportunity to see what we like and what it might cost us to do a similar home improvement, and my favorite 3. Each board you create has a "lead Generation" and "Lead Capture" form at the bottom. 

On another awesome note, I just got this Google alert from one of the boards I created:

Enjoy digging, and Happy Valentines Day~

Feb 14, 2013 02:21 PM #27
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Brad - looks like a great application....I am going to check it out too!

Feb 23, 2013 09:21 AM #28
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