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someone told me that i could get a reasonable value from your site, how do i get started?

  • January 06 2012 - Saint Paul
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Yes find an agent that has 3rd party audited and verified stats on their initial CMA's to properties that sell within 90 days.  If you can find a qualified agent that actually can back up the accuracy of their CMA absolutely use them.  Unfortunately CMA's are often used as a marketing tool for agents to buy your business, telling you what you want to hear, and as a result have no value to consumers what so ever.
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The Zillow zestimates are "questioned", or put in a less politically correct manner, are soundly ridiculed.

Previous answers recommending you contact a knowledgeable real estate professional in your area is the best recommendation you will get on this website.
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Profile picture for Cindy Quinton
I like to stick addresses in several sites:

http://www.homegain.com/

www.eppraisal.com/

https://www.chase.com/online/Home-Lending/home-value-estimator.htm

There is one that seems really reliable, and give the comps it uses (and allows you to exclude them individually if you wish). But I can't think of it...sorry.
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In order to get a Zestimate, click on "homes" in the top line, enter the address, then click on "go".  

You will see a pop up box on a map (if the property is in Zillow).  Click on the address in the box to get the home details page.    A critical piece of information on the home details page is the Zestimate range, as well as the community trend.  

Here are links providing essential reading to understand the numbers:
what is a Zestimate
Data coverage and Zestimate accuracy.

If you ask an agent for a CMA, please ask them also for their statistics of CMAs performed before a  house is on the market vs the actual sales price.   Transparency helps tremendously in the understanding.



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Profile picture for Rita Walker
You should get started by calling a good Realtor in your area. They will give you a fair market value for your home. Most will do it for free.
If you read many of the advice questions on this site you will soon see that the Zestimates are very often questioned.
A local professional will have the true comparative figures at there disposal.
Good luck on your search.
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