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Jay Thompson is the Director of Industry Outreach for Zillow. He was licensed as a real estate sales agent in Arizona in 2004 and got his broker's license in 2007 when he and his wife founded Thompson's Realty, an independent real estate brokerage that serves the Phoenix metro area. He is loving the "urban lifestyle" in a downtown Seattle condo he found on Zillow.

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    2013: A Peek Inside Zillow

    As 2013 winds down, we thought it would be fun to share a video from our annual “all hands” company meeting that highlights some of the things that make Zillow, well, Zillow.

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    What to Write About on Your Real Estate Blog

    Readers like to see variety. It is, after all, the spice of life. And they like to see your opinions – not just the regurgitation of random facts.

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    The 2 Best Tools for Real Estate Blogging Success

    The two best tools, ever, for successful real estate blogging are: your brain and your keyboard.

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    What Is Your Goal for Your Real Estate Website or Blog?

    One fundamental thing that is missing for many real estate agent websites is a defined goal for the site/blog.

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    Zillow Premier Agent Websites Keep Getting Better

    It’s been two months since Zillow launched Premier Agent Websites, and the developers have been hard at work to bring new designs and features to the […]

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    7 Tips for Handling Negative Reviews

    No one wants to get reviews like these: This Agent won’t even call you back!! Not to mention his office said that his cell phone is […]

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    5 Ways to Use a Zillow Premier Agent Website

    So you have your Zillow Premier Agent Website. (What? You don’t? Go here and get one. I’ll wait…) Now, what do you do with it? Maybe you […]

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    Feedback Matters: Introducing the Zillow Agent Advisory Board

    It is both exciting and an honor to announce today the formation of the Zillow Agent Advisory Board. Consisting of 21 practicing real estate agents/brokers from […]

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    Did You Enter to Win a Trip to Hawaii? Deadline is Noon Today!

    Time is winding down for you to enter to win a trip to Agent Reboot in sunny Hawaii! Entries close at NOON Pacific time TODAY. It’s […]

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    Top 10 Things You Don’t Know About Premier Agent Websites

    Yesterday was a pretty exciting day in the halls of Zillow, and across the Internet, as we announced our Premier Agent Websites. There was a lot […]

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    Enter to Win a Trip to Agent Reboot in Hawaii

    Aloha, real estate friends! To celebrate the launch of Premier Agent Websites, we are taking the opportunity give back to the real estate agents who make […]

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    A Tale of Two Listings. Mobile Matters.

    Imagine this scenario … A home buyer is driving around a neighborhood, scoping out potential homes. (Not so hard to imagine, is it?) They stop by […]

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    How Do I Contact You? Let Me Count the Ways

    As the freshly minted Director of Industry Outreach & Social Media, part of my job is, well, reaching out to people in the industry. In my […]

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    Time Is On My Side. Or Not.

    Time is on my side, yes it is Now you always say That you want to be free… Those would be the words of Mick Jagger […]

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    Agent Hub Comes to Zillow

    In my recent past life as a real estate broker, time always seemed to be the one resource there was never enough of.  As many of […]