So I receive Inman News and read it every morning (I know I'm a gutton for punishment1). A couple of days ago, there was an article about Zillow's new and improved Agent Finder. Naturally, I had to go see if I could find myself.
I couldn't. I have only been a top producing agent(by my real estate board's standards, not mine) for the last 40 years. First there are categories by agent or team. I have a team so I don't come up under agent. Then the consumer has to put in an individual town and only the sales and reviews for that individual town come up. So if I sell something in a different zip code, I don't get credit for those sales. In New Jersey, towns are very close together as you might imagine. And a review doesn't count unless it comes from that specific town? Why?
Why not just use the statistics from the MLS service to show which agents are doing the business? It seems ridiculous for Zillow to have such a system. Every year the North Central Jersey Board of Realtors awards Circle of Excellence Awards for those realtors who achieve outstanding sales. Why not use information from those sources that have been verified and notarized? (I know, it makes too much sense.)
For agents that work hard everyday in the business to do the best for their clients not to receive the recognition they deserve by some random methodology assign by Zillow just seems wrong. Guess I'll just keep selling houses....