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I Am My Own Zillow Testimonial - Zillow Found Me A Renter!

I have two rental properties in Florida.  Needless to say, it has been a tough 3 years for us.  One property is furnished and can be rented short term.  In 2009 it had the absolute worst rental history.  There were months when it wasn't even rented for a single night, which had never happened in the 6 years I've owned it. 

In December Zillow announced that we were adding Rentals to the site.  I figured I could give up 3 days of Starbucks in exchange for paying $9.95 to advertise the property on the site for 6 months.  On January 3rd, I added the Rental Unit to the site.  I am happy (and SO relieved) to say that I just got a call from my property management company, and I now have a Renter in the unit through May 17th.  I have never had someone rent the unit for that long of a term.  

Thank you Zillow

Because the Rental search on the site is so new, Rentals aren't something that we are known for yet.  However, the I think the landlords who are getting on the site now are benefitting from being some of the first few listings.  If you do a search for Rentals in Ft Walton Beach, FL, where my unit is located, mine is the only one that shows up. 

Warning, shameless property plug coming...

If you ever vacation in the Ft. Walton Beach/Destin area and want a waterfront, affordable place to stay that has a pool, Internet, and kitchenette- please consider my furnished vacation rental unit





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Comment balloon 22 commentsSara Bonert • January 21 2010 12:29PM


Very cool, Sarah. 

Posted by Rich Barton over 10 years ago

That is great that you have a personal success story. I guess I mised the Zillow doing rentals thing...

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Can I get a free night if I feature this post? haha

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 10 years ago

Bob- Hmmm.. maybe we could work something out with points..... :)

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) over 10 years ago

We use a variety of sites and most are free.  Craigslist works good too in our area.

Posted by Robert Machado, CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management (HomePointe Property Management, CRMC) over 10 years ago

I use Craig's List always; now I'll check our the Zillow, too. I'm happy for your success. Here's to 2010!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

Nice post! 

FYI, I clicked on your "Zillow Al-Star" button in the sidebar and I received this message: "Profile not found. Please try searching the directory."  Also, you might want to set that link to open in a new window so you do not lose visitors to your blog.

We have several rental properties, so your blog post today is good news for us.  :)

Posted by Colleen Lane, Realtor(r) 509.438.9344 www.LaneRealEstateTeam.com (Kennewick Richland (and West) Pasco WA Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Has anyone tried Kijiji.com? It is free.

Posted by Olga M. Rubio (RE/MAX Realty Center) over 10 years ago

Hi Sara,

"Oh, ye of little faith."   ; )

Posted by Michael Cole (CPG Tours) over 10 years ago

In this market climate - try EVERYTHING!

Congratulations on your success.

Posted by Karen Rittenhouse, Real Estate Investor (www.JKKPropertyInvestors.com) over 10 years ago

I use Craigslist too for other properties, and it has worked well to get lead.  Lately I haven't been impressed with the caliber of leads though.  As awesome as Craigslist is, there is definitely a opportunity for someone to create a better user interface - more pictures, mapping, more info, etc. 

Kijiji did nothing for me.  For some reason I was hoping it might better reach international people, but I didn't get anything.  (what a terrible name for a site?)

Colleen - Yicks! Thanks!  I'll update.  I need to update all of my links actually.  A little blog housekeeping is in order!

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) over 10 years ago

Social proof is very powerful.

Posted by Jon Sigler, South Windsor Homes for Sale 860-306-8029 (Keller Williams - Greater Hartford) over 10 years ago

Thanks Sara, I'm glad that Zillow has added this feature.  Will be adding a rental property in Huntington Beach, California soon.  We use HomeAway.com and VRBO for our short term vacation rental in Hawaii and we've had great results. 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 10 years ago

Probably a good business move for Zillow.  I know I do not want to mess with rentals myself.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I'm glad it worked for you, but I really wouldn't like it to look like I was advising people to check Zillow to get a mortgage.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 10 years ago

I have been using Zillow as well, no results thus far. Glad it worked out for you Sara.

Posted by Deborah Grimaldi, (401) 837-9633 (Albert Realtors) over 10 years ago

Yeah!!! Glad to hear a GOOD Zillow story!  It appears that we only hear/witness the bad about Zillow!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 10 years ago

Zillow is growing!!!!!  It's about time they started giving more people what they need.

Posted by Craig Snead, Real Estate Investor (Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI) over 10 years ago

Sara, I have to admit that I probably use zillow daily.  it is a quick and easy way to take a peek at a clients home, and grab some quick data on it!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 10 years ago

Great news for you! Looks a nice, and very reasonable, rental. It's sure interesting watching the Zillow, Trulie and Google stories!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 10 years ago

A success story makes me want to take a harder look at Zillow. 

Posted by Beverly Femia, Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 10 years ago

you dont have a rental in Clearwater beach do you....If not I could sell you one so i could rent it?!

Posted by Dana Devine (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago