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why am I getting many (undisclosed address) listings?

Using same criteria as for months and today getting many many undisclosed address listings.  I rate these as realtor fishing exercises and waste my time.
  • November 22 2013 - West Palm Beach
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This problem has nothing to do with brokers.

This may be a syndication error with Zillow. Two days ago I created a Postlet that has a full and correct address. The Postlet displays fine. Yesterday, the Zillow ad, through syndication, displays on Zillow with "(undisclosed Address)" and 2 images rather than 4. Hotpads and other sites display the information correctly. In fact, the Hotpads ad says "Information provided by HotPads partner: " then the Postlets logo.

Summary: there is an issue with the Zillow parsing of the feed, not the feed itself. Or another highly unlikely alternative... Zillow has decided not to display information correctly (addresses, images, etc.) on some ads.

  • November 26 2013
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Zillow is simply one of the many real estate tools that are available to consumers.  It is not to be taken necessarily as fact but simply a resource.  The only way to truly have accurate Actively listed/Pending/Sold data is to contact your Realtor.  We have all of this information at the tip of our fingertips and can pull this information quickly and easily for our clients. 

And remember, sellers pay commissions.  Their agent represents them and their best interests.  Why not have a Buyer's Agent in your corner representing you and your best interests?  Plus they do all of the work for you.  It just makes a lot of sense.

Hope that helps.  And good luck.  -- Shayla Twit, Sarasota FL Realtor
  • November 24 2013
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Zillow is not the market, pointing at Realtor's due to Zillow's website is not where blame should be placed.  Seek the help of a Realtor and they will be able to assist your through Realtor software.  Once again, Zillow is not the market and Zillow is an advertising company, not a Real Estate Company.  

From Yahoo Finance 

Zillow, Inc. engages in the operation of a real estate and home-related information marketplace on mobile and the Web in the United States. The company owns and operates Zillow.com; Zillow Mobile, a suite of home-related mobile applications; Zillow Mortgage marketplace, where borrowers connect with lenders to find loans and get mortgage rates; Zillow Digs, a home improvement marketplace for consumers to find visual inspiration and local cost estimates; and Zillow Rentals, a marketplace and suite of tools for rental professionals, Postlets, Solutions, Buyfolio, Mortech, and HotPads. It also offers current home value and rental price estimates; and for sale and rental listings. In addition, the company provides Premier Agent program, which offers a suite of marketing and business technology solutions for real estate agents; and display advertising services, including graphical mobile and Web advertising services on its home page and on individual Web pages, as well as information products and services to make decisions about homes. Further, it offers consumers with ratings and contact information for the listing agent and local buyer’s agents alongside home profiles and listings for homes for evaluating and selecting the real estate agent suited for them; and home-related advice and discussions through Zillow Advice section of its Zillow.com Website that captures questions and discussion topics from users, including consumers and real estate, mortgage, and rental professionals. The company’s customers include advertisers primarily in the real estate industry, including real estate brokerages, home builders, mortgage lenders, and home services providers; and advertising customers comprising telecommunications, automotive, insurance, and consumer products companies. Zillow, Inc. was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
  • November 24 2013
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Tim and Rachel:

Thanks for your reply.  However, each of these Zillow properties has an entry of "Listing Provided by" a realtor and usually a direct link to the realtor's web listing.  Sometimes there are more photos or information.

I do not think these Realtors are best serving their clients if it is in fact a real andcurrent listing.  More likely, it is just someone trying to get both ends of the commission or just finding buyers.

The other reply by Amanda seems more likely.

Thanks; my beef is with Zillow for allowing such, and thought I was communicating with them.
  • November 23 2013
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Lundy,

Your instincts are probably serving correctly.  I have found that these 'undisclosed' addresses are often a result of real estate print publications who have tried to augment their distribution with online versions of their product. Their websites syndicate to sites like Zillow and Trulia, creating more 'noise' for consumers to sift through.

There is one publication in particular that seems to particularly offend our industry standards... To meet print deadlines, they 'create' properties from already sold listings, or merge photos & descriptions from multiple properties to fabricate content.

This 'bait and switch' strategy is reprehensible. It harms everyone. 

The best source for accurate listings will be your Realtor's MLS. Request an automatic feed of property matches matching your specific requirements. It will save you time and help eliminate the noise that these sheisters keep throwing out there.

You can also flag / report these properties to Zillow as you encounter them. With enough of us calling it out, Zillow may be persuaded to eliminate the source from their syndication feeds all together.
  • November 23 2013
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Why would a Realtor put in an undisclosed address on a listing ?????   We can't enter a listing in our MLS without an address, it is NOT ALLOWED and does not happen.  It sounds like something a FSBO or owner of a property would do here and NOT a professional like a Realtor. Or it could be an issue with the online site you are using and since Realtors don't own these it likely is your imagination telling you it is caused by Realtors.
  • November 23 2013
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