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Zillow home estimates.

Zillow home estimates are 25% too low. Curious why the house next door to me keeps going up in value on Zillow and mine keeps dropping. My house was valued by Zillow at $933,000 and in the last 6 months I have been offered as high as $1,300,000.
  • August 08 2010 - Tarzana
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The Zestimate is not intended to be a way to value property.  It is at best a starting point, but even that might be a stetch.  Here is an explanation of the Zestimate.  No Realtor will ever use the Zestimate as a way to value your property.  They have much better tools at their disposal to easily come up with a value opinion.

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  • August 21 2010
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We (real estate professionals) look at it just to get an idea but personally, I rely on more than just one resource for estimating the price of a home.
  • August 21 2010
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Are you thinking of selling? If not Don't worry, Zillow is just a starting point. A Professional Realtor will assist you when you do want to sell. I agree witn the other answers here, all are great.
  • August 21 2010
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There is a good chance that the registered owner of that property is going in and changing the details of the property. Also remember the Zestimate has very little to do with what someone will actually pay for the property.
  • August 20 2010
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A Zesimate is one of many indicators of property value. Others would include the estimated tax value, the Federal Housing Financ Agency's calculations, and then there's the good old fashioned Real Estate Agent, preferrably a Realtor.
  • August 12 2010
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I was told by a Zillow expert that Zestimates in the Los Angeles area tend to be off by a median of a 10% margin. They can't take into effect things like designer counter-tops, double paned windows and other things that drastically affect the price of a home. Best way to find out a better value of your home is asking an experienced real estate professional in the area. They could best assist you.
  • August 12 2010
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You are right. In most cases it can be off by 25% or more due to the reasons others have provided above. It does give people looking at it a ball park figure before considering some of the upgrades etc. 
  • August 09 2010
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A home is based on the condition of the inside as well as outside in addition to all the factors such as location, view, land size, land usability and living square feet. These factors zillow does not know how to do, hence you need a knowledgable Realtor to give you a true value.
  • August 08 2010
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Value is based on my different factors.  The bottom line is that the value of your home is determined by what a buyer is willing to pay for it.
  • August 08 2010
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Zillow estimates are based on a myriad of things.  Tax data, refinance and market activity int he general neighborhood.  It is never completely accurate.
  • August 08 2010
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