Is it important to have your sales on Zillow for the public to see?
Yesterday spoke to a homeowner that has gone through three different REALTORS in the last year, and contacted me about possibly listing her home. I have shown this home while listed with another REALTOR, and knew I would have done many things differently.
One thing she asked (about 5 times) was - "What are you going to do differently than the other did?" Well, one for sure was the photos! When you have a 25x25 great room (with 20 foot ceilings) with one lonely couch. There were other rooms basically vacant with storage bins or other miscellaneous items showing in the photos. We talked about staging, but she kept going over and over that her neighbor sold, and it was vacant. Well, either HAVE it vacant without the miscellaneous stuff in there, or stage it. We talked about a few other items I would do differently, then she changed the subject.
She also brought up the fact that some of the agents (after she hired them) had no sales of record on Zillow. One of her friends told her about checking this item, and now she thinks it is important before she hires the next agent.
I had been to a class where the instructor had mentioned it was important to be sure our sales (both listings and sales) were of record on Z. I never wanted to divulge that information, as don't want to provide them with ANY data, but after hearing from a few clients, I changed my mind. Even though we don't put much stock into Z for credibility, the public usually starts there for their home searchs. I would want the public to know, I DO list AND sell homes, and not part time! Usually after a close, I go into Z and be sure the records are correct.
How often have you gone in Zillow to see if the records are accurate on your sales?