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Rainmaker
2,523,206
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

If I ever pay Z $$ for anything ... anyone and everyone has my permission to just shoot me in the head ... game over. 

Jan 14, 2018 11:29 AM
Rainer
246,915
Ken Jones, ASA, CRES
Institute of Real Estate Technologies - Newark, NJ
Kenneth J. Jones

Hella Mitschke Rothwell Never have. Never will.

I can't imagine why anyone would pay someone else to leads on their own listings.

Simply stop allowing your MLS to syndicate your listings on Zillow.com and have those leads come to you directly.

In fact, why not organize the membership of your MLS to have the MLS totally opt-out of syndication to anyone other than (maybe) realtor.com?

Doesn't that make more sense than feeding the alligator who's eventually going to eat you?

Jan 14, 2018 11:15 AM
Rainmaker
529,497
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

You know this is a tough crowd where Z is concerned.

Jan 14, 2018 12:06 PM
Rainmaker
4,072,479
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

I soooo dislike Z.... but my daughter pays to be a Premier Agent.... has all of her testimonials submitted there....and then "she responds to every one of them"....and that's the key, Hella.... homeowners have called her because they've read every testimonial and were very impressed with the fact that she responded to each one.... not a canned response either... a personal response.... 

that made her money....several times....

Jan 14, 2018 12:05 PM
Ambassador
1,925,261
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     No experience... yet.  But with NAR on the brink of extinction, and Realtor dot com coming in a distant second for real estate internet searches, I may consider it.

   

Jan 14, 2018 12:33 PM
Ambassador
2,350,508
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

It's a great way to keep up with your listings and tweak them as needed. I don't pay for leads but, just the ability to have a profile and be the one to control my listings there.

Jan 14, 2018 04:11 PM
Rainmaker
328,070
Diana Dahlberg
1 MONTH REALTY - Kenosha, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Even as a Premier Agent you are competing for your own listings with 4-5 other agents ... it's who gets to the prospective buyer first ... and many of them are really not interested in talking with an agent.    

Jan 14, 2018 03:50 PM
Ambassador
3,450,119
Jeff Dowler
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Never had the experience and don't plan to. I don't know anyone personally who is one

Jan 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Rainmaker
1,660,720
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

A lot of names and contact info of potential buyers who were often either not that motivated or another Agents Client !

Jan 14, 2018 11:50 AM
Ambassador
3,214,521
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not an experience that I have had, and do not plan to have either.

Jan 14, 2018 06:14 PM
Rainmaker
3,541,064
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Hella,

We know someone who spends a lot of money on Zillow.  It works for her, and we know others who don't spend a dime there, they are still making in the high 6 figures.  It depends on your brand and strategy.  A

Jan 14, 2018 04:33 PM
Rainmaker
1,006,745
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I looked into it a couple times.  Back in the Trulia days, you could get their equivalent for $30 a month (or year).  That is no longer an option and all I could see when I looked last year (and talked with theif sales staff) was a monthly bidding with a very high minimum bid.  No option for a flat fee or "I'm just looking to shut out other agents from displaying on my listings" option.

 

I know the consensus here is anti-zillow.  On Lab Coat Agents it's mostly positive.  The people who have done well with the paid leads are (sadly) spending over 10k per month and have two full time employees who do nothing but follow-up with them.  Allegedly Z now started a conceirge service in 17 to reach out to the lead first and phone you when they were on with a hot lead, but I've not heard much about that.

 

Personally, I've seen premiere agents get the zestimate modified and I've seen them write their own reviews and get them published faster than non-premier agents.  If I could get it for $20 a month (or not much more) for the simple fact that my mug would be the only one receiving the leads from my listings, that would be well worth it to me.

Jan 14, 2018 04:15 PM
Rainmaker
2,218,541
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't pay to be a Premier Agent, but my company has negotiated that status for its agents in return for syndicating our listings to them. Any value? No.

Jan 14, 2018 01:16 PM
Rainmaker
4,401,596
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I never signed up.

Jan 14, 2018 12:44 PM
Rainmaker
253,334
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Never have done this, Hella Mitschke Rothwell - although I get their advertising all the time.  

Jan 14, 2018 12:00 PM
Rainmaker
2,352,338
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No experience

Jan 14, 2018 11:55 AM
Rainmaker
812,513
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I got 3 free leads from Realtor.com so far this year.  One is qualified looking for basement bargain.  

I did get several clients from Trulia not that I had any paid membership. They found me including a high power machine language scientist. 

One does better in front of real persons not through a cable or fiber.

Jan 15, 2018 10:42 AM
Rainmaker
66,096
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

I got a pretty minimal response.  there are 2-5 power agents that pay a ton and their name pops up eveyr other click.  Anyone else just appears every now and then.  Not worth it, unless you are the power player with $$$ spent.   For the power agent- they ahve a huge team of agents, so it is worth it to get their people business.  For a duo like me, I get enough with my other sources. 

Jan 15, 2018 09:41 AM
Rainmaker
3,824,145
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Not signed up with them.

Jan 15, 2018 02:37 AM
Ambassador
3,720,409
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Hella Mitschke Rothwell - I am not much worried about that!

They always want us to pay more - and I am at the minimal level.

Jan 14, 2018 09:03 PM
Rainmaker
3,434,540
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do not deal with NON-Professional sites that use my listings to lure people away from me and then try to sell me the lead back for unGODly amounts

Jan 14, 2018 06:58 PM
Ambassador
3,490,358
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have never been a premier agent though do have a relationship with Zillow through our franchise company C-21. We get leads.

Jan 14, 2018 04:26 PM
Ambassador
1,307,051
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I don't have a problem with Zillow but I was never attracted to the program. I think if you are a team and downstream leads to aggressive agents it might be OK.

Jan 14, 2018 01:42 PM
Rainmaker
145,740
Faye Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Floresville, La Vernia, Poth, San Antonio area

I have used Zillow in the past and gained a bit over cost back in about 2011. Then prices started up and leads were worse so stopped.  Decided to retry them in 2016 as we are small market and many of the local agents were using zillow.   Absolute expensive dud.  People with agents calling on Sat night to check on an AO property because they didn't /couldn't reach their agent,   couldn't qualify for a loan, "just shopping"  I even had the concierge service which was nice because you didn't have to stop cooking to answer the phone but NOTHING.  Went to Realtor.com which was cheaper but just as bad.  NOTHING.  Scoping out ZIllow the other day and found 90% of the local agents have left the premier program.   I am now relying on referrals, SEO and blogging, etc.  and some marketing.  Have 3 closings in the next couple of weeks so that is working much better.  (oh actually one is a zillow lead that I have nuturing for a year)

Feb 13, 2018 01:06 PM
Rainmaker
3,344,516
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

In 20+ years I have not paid for leads, and would never give Z one dollar!  Anyone I have spoken to about these leads has not ever seen their money back with closings.

Jan 17, 2018 06:35 AM
Rainmaker
441,504
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I would rather spend the money on facebooks ads, and farming material.

Jan 15, 2018 12:51 PM
Rainmaker
2,479,115
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Have never considered it!

Jan 15, 2018 12:04 PM
Rainmaker
2,738,413
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

A good friend of mine loves it!

Jan 15, 2018 08:36 AM
Rainmaker
564,405
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I think Zillow should be paying me for using my listings, my creative prose in the property descriptions and the photos...

Jan 15, 2018 06:40 AM
Rainmaker
4,052,632
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I never have.

Jan 15, 2018 05:56 AM
Rainmaker
2,536,359
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I use premier agent to get more exposure for my listings. At one time it earned you leads however now you have to pay for zip codes to get worthless leads which i will not do. I have come to the conclusion that i do attract buyers to my listings from Zillow, so i need to be there.

Jan 15, 2018 05:32 AM
Rainmaker
625,425
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

What a great idea.

Of course The Evil Empires endgame is the $2,500 transaction fee.

I think agents should pay Z $1,000 a month to achieve that outcome.

Jan 15, 2018 05:09 AM
Rainmaker
1,146,444
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Love reading the comments here.

Jan 15, 2018 04:17 AM