How To Use Zillow Advice - The Video!

Reblogger Rich Jacobson
Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404


Let's face it, as a group, real estate agents are not the most trusting bunch on the planet. Each of us has our fair share of horror stories where we've been taken advantage of by 3rd party providers promising one thing or another. So it's only natural for us to be suspicious.

For so long Agents have been hesitant to participate on Zillow due to past misplaced attitudes towards Zestimates and a lack of trust. However, with the sheer amount of traffic that accesses Zillow daily, it's impossible for today's real estate professionals to ignore the value of establishing a consistent presence there.



Original content by Sara Bonert

In an attempt to offer Zillow tips and tutorials in ways other than writing about them here on my blog, we just launched a video about Zillow Advice, our question and answer forum. 

In the upcoming weeks we'll be releasing a series of how-to videos on various Zillow related topics as we build out a Zillow training library.  Our hope is that the videos will give you a better understanding on how to use the various features and tools available on Zillow when connecting with the 8.5 million+ people who visit our site each month.

I'll keep this short and let you watch the video.  But keep an eye out for future releases as well.  Enjoy!



(how painful is it to watch yourself on video! haha)


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Justin DeCesare
Middleton & Associates Real Estate - San Diego, CA
I agree that Zillow has misinterpereted many home values. One of the problems that I see with the program is it runs strictly on numbers...there is no amplifying information. Though often off-track it is not always easy to explain to clients is engrossed with technoloigy.
Mar 26, 2009 07:59 AM #1
Anne Hensel
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals - Saint Petersburg, FL
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island
Is it me? Video is no longer available
Mar 26, 2009 08:58 AM #2
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Rich...thanks for this share! I've just not had time to master Zillow! There is not enough hours in the day!

I'll bookmark this for a Power Hour to review!

Mar 26, 2009 08:58 AM #3
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Anne:  It's you. Works fine on this end....

Mar 26, 2009 09:07 AM #4
Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!

Always nice to see Sara.  Enjoyed teaching a joint class with her in GR.  These video tutorials are a good idea.

Mar 26, 2009 09:09 AM #5
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Rich - Thanks for reblogging this.  I think it is an excellent opportunity to serve potential clients.  And instead of being frustrated about Zillow because their home values are not accurate, we can benefit from the site and perhaps more than offset that frustration.  I think the only problem with Zillow valuations is that they can only take a city or county and give general info about that area. 

In our town, values differ from block to block, and sometimes house to house, since we have a mixture of everything running from 75 year old tiny cottages to huge newer mcmansions - sometimes right next door to each other.  Comps are difficult even for agents in the area, so Zillow could not possibly do it accurately.  Not their fault - just the way it is.  It's our job to explain this to our clients.

Mar 26, 2009 10:24 AM #6
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance
Thanks for sharing this information. Another useful tool for advice and conversation about Real Estate.
Mar 28, 2009 05:23 PM #7
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Thanks for the reblog of this info.  LOL!  There just aren't enough hours in the day.

Mar 28, 2009 06:47 PM #8
Cathy Tishhouse
RE/MAX Showcase Homes - Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak Real Estate

I keep hearing what a benefit it is to utilize Zillow - I have a profile but haven't done anything else with it - checking to give "advice" at least once a day is a practice I will implement.  Thanks.

Mar 29, 2009 05:20 AM #9
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