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Why doesn't anyone reply when I require about a house on Zillow. I email but never get a reply.

Frustrating!!!
  • June 19 2013 - Orlando
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This depends on what agent receives the lead. Some agents will respond quicker than others. I strive to respond as quick as I can. Hope this helps.
  • July 12 2013
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I have an ad on Zillow for buyer and seller leads, but also work rental leads as well.  I am so sorry that the agent asked you to pay a deposit.  I do not ask my rental clients for that.  I show them potential rental properties, provide them with the application and assist them through the process with that particular licensed property manager.
  • July 12 2013
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Go to myfloridahomesmls.com to search for your rentals. You will be able to see who the listing agent is directly and they will be much more willing to help than a random agent who will have to spend their own money to help you find a home.
  • July 10 2013
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I recommend that you (or any potential renter, buyer, seller) contact a property manager directly.   Zillow is nice as a free tool, but it does have its faults.  For example, majority of Realtors are not property managers, and they pay for ads on Zillow.  When they receive a rental response, which they don't work, they delete it and move on.   What I would recommend if contact a company like Apartment Locators, they do not charge the renter & review your search criteria with them and see what is available.   This is going to be a much better and more responsive process than what you are doing.

Good luck.

Spirit
  • June 25 2013
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Using Zillow to find a rental house is akin to using a sledgehammer to fix a watch. There are better ways to do it. Are you familiar with the Yellow Pages?
  • June 24 2013
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We still do need a rental by July 1!!!!!
  • June 24 2013
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Hi,
I read your post. I am very sorry to hear about your situation. I truly hope the money gets back into your account.

Please provide us an update on your situation. This is a perfect example for other consumers to learn from too.

Wish you much success and if you still need a rental, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would like to help!

Sincerely,

Valentina Ogden
Coldwell Banker Residential RE
  • June 24 2013
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We didn't sign anything, his license is good, we checked
  • June 23 2013
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1. Is the agent licensed -- look at his card. Does he have a number of it like 010xxxxx. Then enter that number or his name at the Department of Real estate and double check whether he is licensed
2. Did you get a receipt for your check which he signed or did you get a contract that entitled him to get that money
3. Small claims court is the quickest and cheapest providing that you did not sign an arbitration clause. If you did that then you have to hire and attorney and arbitrate. That could cost more than the $1200

more on that
  • June 23 2013
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So sorry to hear that....Many of Zillow's listing's haven't actually hit the market, they are in pre-foreclosure stages...
  • June 23 2013
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@user34770550:  What a horrifying story.   NEVER NEVER NEVER  give an agent money upfront to help you find a house.   I would report the agent to the local real estate board.

  • June 23 2013
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We had who we thought was a great agent, full of empty promises who failed us and now we are trying to get him to return our 1200.00 deposit we gave him to hold in trust in the event we found a property which we never did.  He would not let us pick the check up but said he was mailing it (three weeks ago), then Friday said he tried to call to have us meet him to pick it up, but we returned his call and he did not answer, now supposedly he put the check into our checking account on Friday, but it is still not showing as a deposit.  So I am very leery of working with someone like that again.
  • June 23 2013
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You should find a great agent to represent you.Then you would have someone working for you. This Agent would look out for your best interest and find you what suits your nedes...
  • June 23 2013
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Then why does Zillow so show many rentals, and no way to get a hold of anyone?  Sometimes the property managers are listed, but more often than not it is the realtors names listed next to the properties, making it appear that is who to call. I now realize those are ads however.  Zillow needs to make sure when someone puts a rental on, they have them put their contact info.
  • June 23 2013
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Sorry, it's frustrating, but Sally is correct.  The vast majority of us who pay to be on Zillow are looking for buyers and sellers, not tenants and landlords.  Try her google tip, it's a good one.
  • June 23 2013
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A majority if the agents actively working Zillow work only the sales transaction part of the real estate business.  Rental agents tend to specialize and work exclusively with landlords and/or tenants.  When you post the question about rentals on Zillow, you are getting an audience that does not work rental properties (for the most part).  So, no answers.

Look for a tenant rep agent who will represent you in the rental transaction.  Try googling the specific geographic location where you wish to live (city, zip, school district etc) along with "tenant rep" or "rental agent"

Good luck!  
  • June 19 2013
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You would be best to hire your own Buyers Agent! Then you would have someone working for you, that you can contact when you see properties that you like!!
  • June 19 2013
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Try locating a agent in the area you wish to live, do a google search
  • June 19 2013
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It is a rental I need, and more often than not there is no phone number to call.
  • June 19 2013
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Have you tried calling them directly?

Emails do often fall down on my priority list. Many times we receive inquires and can spend 20 to 30 minutes on a response, send it off and NEVER hear back from that person. When I say Many Times, I really mean more often than not...

this being said, I do not ignore email, but phone calls do obtain a higher priority.

You might give our Orlando office a call at (407) 374-3123, They will likely be able to assist you on any real estate questions you have, with the exception that our Orlando office doesn't handle rentals.  

Otherwise, try calling an agent directly... if they are not answering your emails or answering the phone it could be a bad listing or a bad agent... ?  
Best of luck and I hope you find the answer you are looking for! 
  • June 19 2013
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