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Can you edit home facts without being the ownwer of the house?

I looked up my parents house on ZIllow and there are a ton of mistakes.  The house was built in 1985 not 1882.  The middle school and high school that are listed are in a different town.  I checked  the info for other houses on the street and the schools are wrong for all the houses.  Who does the research for this website?  Why is it so inaccurate? 
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January 05 2012 - Smithfield
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Here is a link to a customer service E-mail.

Yes, people have tried lawsuits against Zillow. They've not been successful.

Here's a link to Zillow's FAQ on removing public data on homes from the website.


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January 06 2012
Good Evening CianaC,
Zillow is simply a consumer site to learn about properties that may be for sale as well as research tool to find a professional to assist them in selling or buying a home.  Unfotunately, the information Zillo wobtains is from multiple sources and to the best of my knowledge is a computer program that obtains this data.  This information can and will have discrepancies just as any computer program.  If your parents are looking for a market value of their home, use the tools to find a professional in the area of their home.  Zillow provides great avenues to research professionals in the area!  Zillow is not meant to provide an accurate market value that you would use to sell a home, buy a home or refinance, etc.  I understand you are upset that the information is incorrect, and there are ways to correct it that you have already been told about so I will not repeat information already put on this forum.  I hope this helps!

Have a fabulous evening!

Erin Diaz, Broker - Owner
Beaches & Backroads Realty
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January 09 2012
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I checked education.com.  They don't have any of the public schools listed, so Zillow isn't getting their info from education.com.  I wish there was a contact email or phone number for Zillow.  This website is ridiculous.  The info they are posting can affect price values if someone is trying to sell a house.  So much info is inaccurate.  Has Zillow ever been sued?  Is there a way to eliminate your house from being found on Zillow?  I understand what they are posting is public information, but if the information is not accurate they should not be publishing it on such a public forum.
 
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January 06 2012
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School districts are obtained from education.com, who does them by proximity.   As you can guess (and observe), that often mucks things up. 

You can flag some of the other homes in the neighborhood and comment that the entire neighborhood appears to be mislabeled.
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January 05 2012
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I am sure I could be a representative for my parents, but what about the rest of the town?  You would think that Zillow would have the school's correct. 
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January 05 2012
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When one claims a home (necessary before editing), one  has to acknowledge that they are the owner or the owner's authorized representative.   Perhaps you could be considered the latter.
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