I have Zillow WHY do I need you asked a Real Estate Seller

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394
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Oh yes, this was a real live question asked to me last week by a Manchester NH would be Home Seller. With a giant pause, he asked me "if I was speechless knowing I had been beaten." Not at all... as I have plenty to say and want to share this story with you all. 

 

Zillow is a Technology company. Not a Real Estate Broker. They offer their controversial Zestimate basing a value on a home without ever seeing it. They do not list homes. They do not sell homes. They do not go to your home or sit with you to go over a marketing plan. 

 

This seller took what he read online as Gospel. He believed it and was ready to practice it. The hard lesson here is everything you read on the Internet is not always true. 

 

People love information. The seek it. Digest it and follow it without thought. 

 

In Real Estate there is a simple formula to sell a home. Learn what you are selling. Learn it's condition. Set a price based on location, condition, size, style, features and amenities. Deduct for work needed. Set a reasonable asking price and explain to the seller the probable sales price. Determine who is the most probable buyers. Set a marketing plan. Go find those buyers. Field mountains of inquiries. Show the home to qualified buyers.  Then negotiate the best deal in price and terms for your seller.

 

Once the easy work is done. There is the home inspection, monitoring the buyers mortgage process, the appraisal and then closing. 

 

The SECRET is a some of the BEST sales are when the listing agent guides the seller through out each step of the selling process. 

 

 

To those who fail, often pricing the home too high. A lack of marketing plan or not being able to get buyers in to see the home.

 

The MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that my philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.

 

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

    

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Rose Mary Justice
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Zillow is gospel to a lot of sellers.  We all strive to be the best and show them they need us.  Unfortunately for us, they are selling homes by advertising it on Zillow.  

They do not think of the ramifications that they can be libel for and the protection we try to provide.  

Mar 06, 2018 05:40 AM #3
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Thank you for the comment and kind words Barbara Todaro 

Mar 06, 2018 05:57 AM #4
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Exactly and a must Nina Hollander . You need to know all about them and that way can answer and counter a consumers statement about what Z does and does not do

Mar 06, 2018 05:58 AM #5
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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So true Rose Mary Justice , thanks for the comment

Mar 06, 2018 05:59 AM #6
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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HI Scott Godzyk - Unfortunately, Z affects both buyers and sellers. I am seeing most buyers look at the price the home sold for and calculate in their head what they think is a reasonable profit for the seller to make. This seems to be the norm in Sedona. The buyers don't understand how the market works. Another reason they need an experienced agent. 

Mar 06, 2018 06:08 AM #7
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Carol Williams
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If Zillow would buy my house for even 75% of what they say it is worth, I'd take it and run. Zillow is a joke. 

Mar 06, 2018 06:28 AM #8
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Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2926 Ave J Brooklyn NY 11210 - Brooklyn, NY
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What a good story to share - even better its a reminder for agents to understand how Zillow works and to be prepared to repond to a homeowners objections.  

Mar 06, 2018 06:44 AM #9
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Scott. You mean Zillow isn't the expert? You are so right and essential to educate your client or client to be.

Mar 06, 2018 09:13 AM #10
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
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I have run into a few people around here that feel like Zillow is the gospel truth. They don't wan tot list their house for the Zestimate, which is usually way off, but Zillow is the gospel.

Mar 06, 2018 10:15 AM #11
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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That is happening very often here too Sheri Sperry - MCNE® . i often find myself explaining what it all means 

Mar 06, 2018 12:24 PM #12
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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So true Carol Williams. Thanks for the comment 

Mar 06, 2018 12:25 PM #13
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is very imortant Michele Cadogan and yest some do not know. I find knowing helps me to answer those frequent questions about how the site works and what it means 

Mar 06, 2018 12:26 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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That would be a big no Sheila Anderson but looking at its profit, they are an expert in taking money from agents

Mar 06, 2018 12:27 PM #15
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I have that right now JL Boney, III and still working it out. I have real life comps of what sold and yet, that is questioned and online info is taken to be true when it iw way off

Mar 06, 2018 12:28 PM #16
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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I had someone literally hang up on me yesterday after pressing me on what her home was worth, sight unseen.  I threw out a ball park and was in the middle of explaining what would get me closer to one value than a range.  Click.  Gone.

Mar 06, 2018 03:08 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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The fact that they asked that question, is why they need a professional real estate broker!

Mar 06, 2018 05:09 PM #18
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Debbie Reynolds
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Zillow is respected on the consumer side of things. They love it easy use and all the houses it shows them, even though many may not be available.

Mar 06, 2018 07:17 PM #19
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Scott.

WHAT! are you implying that everything on the Internet is not gospel?  How devastating

Mar 07, 2018 02:34 AM #20
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Kathy Streib
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Scott- if only the public would realize that it is an information gathering company and not a brokerage. Well done.  

Mar 07, 2018 08:46 AM #21
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Was he speechless after you replied? There is more to selling a home than just deciding on a price.

Mar 07, 2018 08:52 AM #22
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