I, actually, have no bad feelings towards Zillow, but I understand that I might be in minority here.
But let me ask you a question: if there were no Zillow and Trulia, who would have benefited?
I believe nobody, except real estate agents and brokers.
So, we understand why so many agents and brokers have strong feelings against Zillow & Trulia, but it is not that they are evil. I do not know about you, guys, but I use Zillow, to save time, to get the idea of the value.
It is quick, effective and is reasonably good for this type of service. Can I do a CMA and get a better result. Even if the answer is yes, it takes way longer.
Why not treat them as our future? They and whoever and whatever comes after them is our future. Life without closed MLS is our future, no control over information is our future.
Zillow & Trulia and others will not disappear. Real Estate landscape has dramatically changed, but whining about the future wouldn’t take us anywhere.
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