How Important is it to have your Sales on Zillow?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

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?

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, you can get THAT many sales on Z?  You have had so many......

Jan 08, 2018 06:26 PM #31
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, I have emailed Z and they have added them.

Jan 08, 2018 06:26 PM #32
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Joan.  I upload all of my sales to Zillow.  It gets lots of attention.

Jan 13, 2018 06:04 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Nope...not playing the Z game....so much of what is on that site is inaccurate...not the company we wish to share.

Jan 13, 2018 06:19 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I agree that I don't want to feed the beast with my sales information but I do it anyways, and I think it's another avenue to show credibility with consumers.  This seller doesn't seem to know what questions to ask and felt the info on Z was important to her in choosing an agent.

Jan 13, 2018 09:59 AM #35
Rainmaker
2,586,310
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I recently checked and it was way off. The public does look there so i do like to put my sales there. The link to add them was gone though. Not sure they moved it or what. Anyone know?

Jan 14, 2018 05:13 AM #36
Ambassador
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Joan Cox Reminds me of the book Who Moved My Cheese'  I don't care WHO moved it I want to just find it. Z seems to be where the buyers and sellers start. I want my info correct!

Jan 14, 2018 09:03 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gabe, I too would want the public to see I DO actually sell real estate, not just talk about it!  

Jan 14, 2018 09:11 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sally, that is everyone's individual decision.

Jan 14, 2018 09:12 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Francine, she doesn't know what to ask, and the very reason she has gone through 3 agents already, and the home isn't SOLD.  She isn't very open to listening to the reasons either.

Jan 14, 2018 09:13 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Scott Godzyk It did get moved, and is NOT easy to find, took me a while.  Under our profile, edit listings.

Jan 14, 2018 09:15 AM #41
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I used to ALWAYS delete the email from Z asking me if I sold my listing, but had to rethink that, since the public starts there.

Jan 14, 2018 09:16 AM #42
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Joan

Whether we like Z or not consumers love it and use it all the time. I didn't use to check on my sales on Z but I do now.

Jeff

Jan 14, 2018 11:48 AM #43
Rainmaker
2,320,093
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Joan, yes I do add them and check them often.

Jan 14, 2018 06:48 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

I always update my sales in Zillow. It is highly important to those consumers who are looking for an agent to see you are doing business and also make sure I get reviews as well.

Jan 15, 2018 10:13 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, I did not before either, and finally realized the public goes there first and prefer to have the correct information.

Jan 16, 2018 06:36 AM #46
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rebecca, best to have the right information for those that want to check us out.

Jan 16, 2018 06:37 AM #47
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I need to work on the reviews, but update my sales as they happen.

Jan 16, 2018 06:37 AM #48
Rainmaker
311,182
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

The public is there no matter what we think about it, and the public makes at least preliminary decisions such as who to interview based on the information they find on line.    I've found Z no longer catches any of my sales so it's all manual upload.    Aggravating, but necessary.

Jan 16, 2018 09:11 AM #49
Rainmaker
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Z is a circular problem. The more information we give them the stronger we make them.

If we withhold information we weaken ourselves.

I do not like to be caught like that.

Jan 16, 2018 12:09 PM #50
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