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ZMobile - Zillow Takes Its Show On The Road

Zillow is taking our show on the road.  Ever drive past a home and wonder what it is worth?  Out of the Zillow Labs has come an innovative mobile tool called "ZMobile". 

Simply enter the address into your cell phone and your will recieve an email answer from Zillow instantly.  The message will include the home's address, the Zestimate, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, square footage and year built.

How does it work?

  1. From your mobile device, send a text message to z@labs.zillow.com.
  2. In the message field, enter an address for which you want a Zestimate, then send the message.
    Examples:
    2911 W Boston St Seattle WA
    2911 W Boston St 98199

    Tip: The format is not case sensitive and you do not need to use punctuation.

  3. A text message from Zillow will be returned to your mobile device within a few seconds or slightly longer, depending on the network or your mobile phone provider.

 

 

Requirements:

  • Your device must be able to send text messages to an e-mail address.
  • You need to have text messaging enabled through your mobile service plan.

 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsSara Bonert • May 14 2007 08:41AM

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Sara: Hmmmm: Zillow is late to the party. See: http://activerain.com/blogsview/75302/Disruptive-Technology-Alert-Home
Makes me wonder if there are any patent conflicts?

Posted by Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes (San Diego Previews Real Estate) about 13 years ago

Hmmmmmm  In Arizona there is some rumors that they are trying to ban Zillow.com . As Zillow is offering values on homes to the public with out an Appraisal license or a Real Estate license that is valid in Arizona.  I for one have walked away from listing a home because the owner has done there homework on your site. What your site doesn't do is check the comps against what is out there. It pulls comps from a distance and not a community. Apples and oranges are not the same.  I feel for the person because they are overpricing there home by at least $40,000.  Realtors can use there handhelds and laptops ( I do) and have much more accurate pricing.  

 

So that leaves me to a question. Is Zillow.com an exzpert in every community in the country?

Posted by Ken Nimmo (National Real Estate of Prescott ) about 13 years ago
If you need a price that is 15% plus or minus use zillow. If you need infornation on which you can make an intelligent decision, look elsewhere.
Posted by Don Horn, ABR, CRS, GRI, CNE (Keller Williams Realty) about 13 years ago

Roberta-  This fuctionality debuted on our site on July 26, 2006.  So it has been around awhile, I was just revisiting it.

Ken- AZ was trying to say that Zillow needed to get a appraisal license because we were giving appraisals, but we clearly state all over our site that the number we give is not an appraisal, merely a starting point and to contact a professional for more information.  So this particular cease and decease order did not stand. 

As a home owner or a listing agent, you can actually create your own estimate and select which homes you would like for your listing to be comped against.  This helps give you some control over what is appearing online. 

Ken and Mott-  Is some communities we are closer than in others and we are very transparent about this.  Visit this link on our home page to see how accurate we are in your county - http://www.zillow.com/howto/DataCoverageZestimateAccuracy.htm.  This chart is also a tool that agents have used with sellers and buyers when the Zestimate differs from their number. 

 

Posted by Sara Bonert, Real Estate Internet Marketing (Zillow) about 13 years ago
Very cool, Sara.  Thank you for sharing.  What will Zillow come up with next?  Perhaps you guys (and gals) could focus your attention on developing a car which runs on water? :-)
Posted by Stefan Scholl, Northern Michigan Real Estate (Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC) about 13 years ago
I agree that Zillow pricing is way off.  However, since people are looking there, we agents need to be there.  As long as the seller is reasonable, they will be able to take a look at local comps and see where Zillow pricing is not that accurate (of course, we have to come prepared with comps).
Posted by Robin Willis, CDPE, SRES, Designated Broker (Tucson Expert Agents LLC) about 13 years ago
Hi All, If you have qualms with Zillow's accuracy give us a try... As Roberta Murphy and Mott Kornicki mentioned above, we are mobile with a companion web page. HouseFront just extended our database to include over 100 million homes, we also have found our range tighter than that of other valuation models. 
Posted by Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront (HouseFront) about 13 years ago

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