"If you listed it, how come you don't know anything about it?"

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC BK3064647
http://actvra.in/4RlZ

I received a phone call yesterday about a house for sale in Melbourne, Florida.  Since I was going into an appointment I asked the caller if I could return the call in an hour.  No problem, she replied

After returning to my office I called her and after she identified the property I let her know I could not find any information on it.

Her response was "If you listed it, how come you don't know anything about it?"

After further queries I found out she had located it on that bastion of real estate information known as #Zillow!

I quickly brought up #Zillow and located the property by address.  I advised her it was not listed for sale by any agent in our MLS system.  I let her know none of the agents on that page represented the seller.  Incidentally, that is why she initially called me.

I scrolled to the bottom of the page and found the listing provided by the owner.

Zillow, like a lot of other real estate mega-websites, allow for sale by owners to "list" their property alongside real estate agent listed properties.  I can see how this can confuse anyone searching homes for sale. 

I let her know the usual  for sale by owner seller likely did not want an agent involved.  She said she would call and, if it was something she was interested in, she would insist on having a buyer's agent represent her.


As for all the real estate information on the Internet... I understand there is a wealth of information available on the Internet. 

Some information is useful and good in the hands of the right person.  Some information is not as useful.   Some information is not current.   Some information is not even correct.

When it comes to real estate be careful.  Do your research on the Internet if you prefer but then call a local real estate agent. 

Buying a home is a large financial obligation with a long term commitment.  Use all the best information available.    And the source of the best information available is beyond doubt  a local knowledgeable real estate agent. Since sellers pay the buyer's agent here in Melbourne, Florida there is no reason to not have your own.  

Perhaps the caller's question should have been "Does Zillow intentionally mislead?"

My response is simple... Buying a house requires attention to detail. If you can be easily confused by Zillow then "hire your own real estate agent, please!"

Ready to buy a home in Melbourne, Florida?  Call or text me at 321-693-3850.  I want to help you!

 

agent@moving2brevard.com
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Gary L. Waters, is a Florida licensed real estate broker at  Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Melbourne, Florida serving Florida's Space Coast including the cities and surrounding communities of Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Suntree, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.

 Call or text me directly at 321-693-3850.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Lindsay Reagan, Realtor
Wellington, FL

My Question is.....why does our MLS allow Zillow,Trulia etc to use our listings anyways?  I find most of these sites can be misleading to potential Buyers and Sellers ....I am most fond of the "Zestimate".    Last week I received a Zestimate on my property.   They were deriving the "worth" of my unit by comparing it to communities that did not compare.   This is why using a Realtor who is well versed in the area is your best bet!

May 09, 2016 01:28 AM #117
Rainer
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Tara Mallane
Idaho Mountain Real Estate - Ketchum, ID
Live where you play; love where you live!

Great post!  This is an ongoing issue in my market as well, with so much disinformation out there. Hard to fight consumers who think that the "Zestimate"  is accurate!

May 09, 2016 02:48 AM #118
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Tara Mallane-Mann - Thanks. Sometimes, especially on listing interviews,  I wonder if the Zillow catch phrase should be "Where home seller dreams go to die!"  Homeowners do put a lot of confidence in what they read!

May 09, 2016 07:11 AM #119
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Lindsay E Reagan,PA - See my reply to Tara Mallane-Mann ! Thanks!

May 09, 2016 07:14 AM #120
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Woody Edwards - True. Just because Zillow is the biggest they get more recognition I guess!

May 09, 2016 07:14 AM #121
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Michelle Grunberg - Good thinking with your app! Have a great week!

May 09, 2016 07:15 AM #122
Rainer
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Joan Valverde
Synergy Realty Group Inc - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI,CDPE,CNE, Colo Springs, Monument, Black Fore

Great post.  I went to a listing appointment, the seller is doing A LOT of work to get it ready.  He told me, I hate for you to make more money than I will get back when I am here doing all the work.  I explained he is getting the home ready, I SELL IT.  Our market is a bit hot right now, he said I don't have to do anything.  I advised whether the home sold in a day, month or one hour,  my work to see it CLOSED with NO PROBLEM is the same. 

May 09, 2016 03:17 PM #123
Rainmaker
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

How many Z listings are truly owner selling or legit?  I will be suprised if these mean anything......

Thanks for posting.

May 09, 2016 04:23 PM #124
Rainmaker
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Alyse "Aly" Sands
Village Real Estate Services - Nashville, TN

Hey Gary, your post inspired me to write a blog, too! http://actvra.in/4Rv7

May 10, 2016 06:51 AM #125
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Joan Valverde - You educated him on your value.  People think with the Zs of  the world that we don't market!

May 10, 2016 07:10 AM #126
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Alyse "Aly" Sands - Thanks. I went over and commented on your post.  Aly...my granddaughter Alyssa is two and I call her that sometimes!

May 10, 2016 07:14 AM #127
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Sam Shueh - True. I wonder what percentage are actual FSBOs.

May 10, 2016 07:15 AM #128
Rainmaker
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Suzanne Cutler
Success! Real Estate - Braintree, MA
617-549-5829, Braintree MA, Realtor, Real Estate

I got a bunch of calls for people looking to rent a house/condo that they found on craigslist which was not truly for rent and I told them NOT to send any money as it was a scam.  I called the owners to let them know however I never got a call back from them.  They were listed for sale by owner.

May 10, 2016 11:04 AM #129
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Mimi Foster
FALCON PROPERTY SOLUTIONS - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I remember when Zillow first came on the scene and we thought they were going to hurt our business. Little did we know the manner in which they would do it was CONTINUOUS MISINFORMATION. 

May 10, 2016 11:27 AM #130
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Suzanne Cutler - Proof that just putting a FSBO out there sets up some nasty scenarios!

May 11, 2016 12:11 AM #131
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Mimi Foster - Zillow...where home sellers begin their dreams....

May 11, 2016 12:13 AM #132
Rainmaker
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

An eye opener for sure.  I found one on Zillow that my client asked about and it was a fictious address!  Seriously, the address did not exist!  Go figure.  

May 11, 2016 01:29 PM #133
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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Gary...You were very helpful to that caller. I hope if the decision is to pursue that listing you will get to be the buyer's agent. 

I know your post was about Zillow but I'll pass for now.

Kate

May 11, 2016 03:22 PM #134
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Jan Green - The Internet, much like a toilet,has its time and place. When it comes to buying a house, call someone who can physically turn the knob!

May 13, 2016 01:04 AM #135
Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Kate Elim - I try to pass when it comes to Z as well. Thansk!

May 13, 2016 01:05 AM #136
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