Zillow Advice: Success Stories - Are You Worried Zillow and Redfin Will Replace You? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate "The person that stuck around ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ "<em>The person that stuck around and learned to co-exist with the tool makes it,</em>" -<br/><br/>I know a draftsman that kept up with the change and learned to run the computer drafting software, and kept up with the latest versions...<br/><br/>But then the company he was with last started scanning the red-line mark-ups in the evening, E-mailing them to the Philippians, and having the completed CAD drawings back in their E-mail in-box the next morning due to the time difference.&nbsp; And all that computer drafting was only costing the company $200 for an entire week.<br/><br/>There was absolutely no way that any local employee could compete with that as that is even below minimum wage!&nbsp; And of course they don't have to pay the payroll tax or other "labor burden" either (time off, sick pay, holidays, breaks, disability insurance, health insurance, retirement plans....)<br/><br/>Of course it is different for those of us in "licensed" professions, but how long will that really last?<br/> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2011-02-09T08:33:00Z I know your post is old and ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ I know your post is old and I've already replied to it once as an old post.&nbsp; but I think it still gets views and this was a topic discussed today.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here's how I see it.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/>As long as I offer value I am not likely to be replaced by a tool.&nbsp;&nbsp; Therefore my goal is always to&nbsp;keep up and grow with&nbsp;the tool.&nbsp; In any business there is this fear and the real&nbsp;possibility of replacement.&nbsp; Sometimes the tool does replace the person, sometimes we just think it did and find out otherwise.&nbsp; The person that stuck around and learned to co-exist with the tool makes it, those that fight against progress tend to loose.&nbsp; I never want to be in&nbsp; a profession that has to defend it's existence - if I'm not needed, then natural selection will come into play and I'll go the way of the typewriter or the cobol programmer&nbsp;on my own, fighting that will just prolong the death.&nbsp; Right now, I'm still needed.&nbsp; I'm not worried.&nbsp; If the day comes when I'm no longer needed, I'll do something else- afterall I was doing something else before I started this.&nbsp; People start new professions all the time.&nbsp; The need for excellent Real Estate agents still exists, the key is to work for excellence. Wed, 09 Feb 2011 05:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2011-02-09T05:32:00Z not worried. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ not worried. Wed, 09 Feb 2011 03:31:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2011-02-09T03:31:00Z I am not worried Zillow and ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ I am not worried Zillow and Redfin will replace me.<br/><br/>However, it is clear that these sites make the process of home-buying more efficient and fewer real estate agents will be needed.&nbsp; As in other industries where efficiency and technology have had an impact, many real estate agents will move on to other careers (this has already happened in a big way, and will continue to happen) and fewer agents will be needed to provide service to buyers.<br/><br/>You will see that there will be pricing pressure and commission rates will fall as, on average, the remaining agents will sell more homes.&nbsp; Reduced commission rates will lower transaction costs and actually tend to, over time, increase the transaction flow.<br/><br/>Many agents who do not want to acknowledge these facts though they know them to be true.&nbsp; Change is scary and almost always has some negatives associated with it.&nbsp; We no longer have a milkman that comes to our house weekly to deliver milk but somehow we survive. Tue, 01 Feb 2011 23:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2011-02-01T23:20:00Z Yes............. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ Yes............. Tue, 07 Sep 2010 03:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2010-09-07T03:24:00Z I believe our job is changing ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ I believe our job is changing and will continue to evolve.&nbsp; There is now too much information on the internet and our job is to provide a filter for our clients.&nbsp; No need to look at 10 different sites for the same information about the same house.&nbsp; That's our job to be the guide for their safari. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2010-08-26T14:04:00Z I'm not concerned because ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ I'm not concerned because Zillow is so erroneous in all aspects of Real estate in my area of the country that the sellers and buyers need us more than ever.&nbsp; Zillow estimated one of my sellers property value as $499k and in no way will it ever bring $399k.&nbsp; buyers are constantly contacting me regarding listings on zillow only to find out they have been sold or off the market.&nbsp; I keep the buyer and tell him he doesn't need Zillow ....he needs me! Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2010-08-25T00:54:00Z Theres so much info online ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ Theres so much info online on a home, but the local boards will never allow non licensed agents to access the properties. I actually think it makes our jobs easier because the clients nowadays already knows what kinda of home they want. All we have to do is open the door for them and draw up the contracts. &nbsp;Plus, we don't even need to waste paper now with the e-signatures.&nbsp;<br/><br/>Nice topic though.&nbsp; Mon, 23 Aug 2010 06:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2010-08-23T06:19:00Z The Zillow conversation has ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ The Zillow conversation has been going on for years and RedFin uses agents to facilitate all of their transactions.<br/><br/>The industry will change, as it has since the beginning. Some agents will evolve and thrive with the changes, some will be phased out and some will continue to business the same as they did 20 yrs ago and.......still thrive.<br/><br/>Have you ever used a site like Expedia to book trips with consistently good results? Sometimes they get it right and sometimes...<br/>You end up in an awful Motel in downtown L.A. after paying $150+ a night for what was supposed to be a decent room close to the Long Beach Convention Center.......realizing exactly how far you are from where you are <em>supposed</em> to be when the cab fare is $80....one way<br/><br/>Not worried.........excited about the potential Sun, 22 Aug 2010 23:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2010-08-22T23:48:00Z Im not worried because there ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ Im not worried because there are so many intracacies. &nbsp;thats like having a travel agent that comes along and argues for you to get a better seat, &nbsp;tells you everything about all the restaurants and negotiates a discount for you, &nbsp;carries your bags, etc.&nbsp; Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Worried-Zillow-and-Redfin-Will-Replace-You/363100/ 2010-08-22T22:53:00Z