This blog is an attempt to try and educate the everyone of the shortcomings and disillusionment many people experience when using Zillow. This is my personal opinion honed after 19 years and multitudes of conversations with buyers and sellers. I am not an expert and insist everyone realize this is just my opinion that I am entitled to as an experienced agent. They are not a reliable tool for the home buying and selling public. Simply stated Zillow is a lead generator for agents who pay dearly to get real estate leads often paying many hundreds of dollars to connect with buyers who go to Zillow to start their home search. That is the purpose of Zillow plain and simple. Buyers still continue to use this platform even though many other home search sites are much more accurate and preferable. Zillow mislabels homes them on the market even if these homes are not for sale or in foreclosure. Then I have seen homes that are on the market not placed on Zillow or have innacurate date. FSBO’s(for sale by owners) have a real difficult time getting onto Zillow if they can get on at all. Huge amounts of inventory are incorrect with values placed on homes that haven’t even been visited by a Zillow representative. These missing or inaccurate homes affect the database, tax data and the comparable listings that are on the market. Homes are often undervalued widely. Occasionally they vastly over value the property. Either way the information is useless. Home owners are told that their home could be listed correctly if they use a preferred Zillow agent. Buyers are never told of any of these issues or that Zillow is dogmatic in its editing often refusing to correct issues brought up by people selling their homes. Agents can have their reputations damaged and their clients angry when they see their home on Zillow with inaccurate information displayed. The agent can complain and contact Zillow but unless the website decides to correct, your options are limited. Fortunately you have no read this blog and you can now call your local full time realtor who is armed with accurate information to benefit you!