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How does Zillow come up with a zestimate?

I have a house with more upgrades and a green zone at the back whereas my friend down the road has the same exact model  and square footage (built two years before mine!) with views of the neighbors and not many upgrades and yet our homes have different price estimates, in that her house seems to have a zestimate higher than mine! How is this possible and how does Zillow come up with these estimates?
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Hi! You can learn more about how Zillow calculates the zestimate here:

http://www.zillow.com/help/what-is-a-zestimate/
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user8617720 -

The Zestimate is calculated from public transactional data including tax history and user submitted data. Despite the fact that the attributes of both homes are similar, there is probably something in their sales or tax history that is causing this difference in their estimates.

As for revisions or home improvements, they are not taken into account unless they resulted to a much higher tax. You may see this link for an in-depth information about how Zestimates are determined.

Thank you.

Ice
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