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What if your listing is not the house that goes with the address.

I looked my home up on your web site and nothing matches.  Just wanted to know where you get your information.  7564 Rabbit Run Road in Fairhope Alabama is my house only my house is not on the map where you say it is and my house is over 2,000 sq feet 4 bed 2 baths.  Please correct this.
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There is no exact method of obtaining a geocode for any property.  There are probably over a million properties on Zillow that have an incorrect location on the map.  Even if it looks Ok with one map base, a more accurate map may still put the location incorrectly.

The commercial GPS units used for navigation are only accurate to +/- 50 ft, and that is only if they can see at least 3 of the satellites.  So even with those, it is easy to be off by a whole lot.

The post office 9 digit zip code data base is a good starting point; but it is necessary to extrapolate and interpolate from that.  Curved roads are much harder for interpolation.

It may improve some when the Census Bureau releases their 2010 work as they indicated they would be updating their map bases and using geocoding for identifying housing locations to the proper blocks.  It is not clear what they actually did; but anything is better then the presently available geocodes.

As for the house size and # beds and baths; that should be from the county records for the given address; but there are cases where info is copied wrong, or is in the county records wrong, or where changes have not been updated yet.  If you have wrong county info, claim the house, and edit the info yourself; and then also use the "edit" tab, and the "report a problem" button, to indicate the county record data that needs to be verified; and Zillow will give that to the data provider companies for verification.  Don't expect it to be "fixed" in less than 6 months.


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