Hi, it's David G from Zillow.com. If you think you've read that somewhere before, it could be that I've commented on one of your blog posts on behalf of Zillow where I'm the Director of Customer Service. This is my first post at ActiveRain. Hi! Tonight, we're taking our next big step at Zillow.com and I want to fill you in as well as get your feedback.
You can now post your listings for sale on Zillow.com -- it's free for listing agents and sellers to market their homes on Zillow. As Zillow President Lloyd Frink says on our blog, "We're opening it up". To quote our CEO, Rich Barton, the new offerings allow homeowners or real estate agents "to plant virtual 'For Sale' signs in their Zillow front yards for free." As a listing agent, you can promote your listings along side your contact details with a link to your website, blog or even the home's virtual tour. Did I mention it's free?
This may be the first version of our website that includes homes for sale but we've put a lot of thought and effort into the posting tool, and the image uploads and we've rebuilt search to accommodate for sale homes and added more intuitive filtering of search results. Now, when you post your listing on Zillow, buyers will see your price and not the Zestimate in their search results on the Zillow map. On the home's details page, the sale price is also most prominently displayed.
With this launch, which was internally dubbed "Z4", we've added a wiki -- the real estate wiki. It's loaded with articles from Choosing a Lender to Owning vs Renting a Home but you're the experts, so please get involved and add your opinion or experiences to a wiki article on Zillow. Or, maybe just correct an article. I hope this will become a well used reference for homeowners and a place for professionals to document best practice. You'll even find a wiki article called Realtor com - Agent Marketing Opportunities. You definitely know more about these topics than we do, so please, consider contributing to the real estate wiki.
Lastly, we've also added the ability for owners who don't plan to sell their homes to post a price on their home that would make them reconsider -- we call this feature Make Me Move (TM). I personally can't wait to see what homeowners do with it.
OK, that's enough from me for now. Please go and try to post your listings on Zillow and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your feedback. Once you've kicked the tires on our new features, let me know in the comments below this post.