Who Are You?

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Just an FYI to those who give fake information to the real estate websites – when you actually request more information there is no way for the agent (me) to get it to you. I understand not wanting to give out your deets, but you have to realize that there are consequences. The other day I got an inquiry via the Hartford Courant HomeFinder site about one of our listings. Brandon was interested in learning

Zeflections on Zillow

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Earlier this week we put up a story about Zillow’s view on the value of our home. It wasn’t the first time we’ve mentioned Zillow, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Historically we’ve only brought up the site when we we’re frustrated or amused. This mention had an interesting result – Zillow found our article and weighed in directly, and helpfully (see the comments at the bottom). It caused some debate and reflection

Why Does Zillow Hate My House?

Zillow is a fairly popular website among buyers. They have an algorithm they use to provide a Zestimate for any house, whether it’s actively for sale or not. The Zestimate is Zillow’s estimate of what they think the house is worth. This Zestimate is derived from recent comparable sales and a little fairy dust, I think. I spend a lot of time debunking Zillow Zestimates. I will admit, it kind of pisses me off. I

Using Assessor Data to Bid

Buyers in search of a bargain can be resourceful in finding support for a low bid. Zillow is the most common “proof” offered as justification for a lowball offer since Zestimates almost always err on the low side (which makes sense considering their business model). But every now and then someone tries to argue that a property’s taxable value is an important data point. Towns in Greater Hartford set taxable values once every five years

Are Real Estate Websites Your Friend?

Real estate websites came up in yesterday’s post. The basic question was, “Can buyers rely on public real estate websites during a home search?” I think we can all agree that they’re fun to look at, and they do a very nice job at presenting and consolidating data. But do they have a buyer’s (or seller’s) best interests in mind? I don’t think they do. Their goal is to make money. Basically all the sites