New Today on Zillow: Home Q&A and More

I have some questions and wonder if anyone can help me with some answers? Here we go…

Q:

      How long has

this house

      been on the market?

Q:

      Want to buy my house? (

really

      )

Q:

      Anyone know the architect for

this home

      ?

Q

      : How’s the street noise from

this house

      ?

Q:

      For my morning commute, what’s the best way to get on I-5 going South

from here

      ?

Q:

      Does

this home

      have a cozy place for coffee nearby?

Q:

      I heard

this house

    might have just sold? Is this true? Anyone know the price?

Home_qa_1_3 Among many other new features, today we are launching a novel new idea: Home Q&A. Anyone can ask any question about any home — and have these questions answered by the people who know best: all of you, the Zillow Community. Some of the most interesting answers to important questions about homes are locked up inside the heads of homeowners, agents, neighbors, and previous owners. It is our hope that if a question is asked about a home, the community will rise up to answer it.

Lloyd and I started Zillow because we were both home shopping and trying to answer the question: how much is this home worth? We built a massive database of Zestimate values to begin answering that question, but we’ve known all along that we could not possibly answer all of the important questions that owners, home buyers and sellers have about homes, neighborhoods, and the real estate market. So, we’ve opened up Zillow’s database of homes so that our large community of users could provide answers and better information. More than half a million people have claimed their homes on Zillow. More than 100,000 homes have been posted for sale or have a Make Me Move price. Now, anyone can ask any question about any home, and you, the community can provide the answers.

In addition to Home Q&A we are launching a host of other community-enhancing features on Zillow today, including:

  • Free profiles — Anyone on Zillow – agents, homeowners, buyers, sellers, builders, landscapers, electricians, plumbers (you get the idea) – can create a free profile page with photos, narratives and contact information. Any contribution links back to the user’s profile page.
  • Tell us it’s for sale — Anyone (not just owners and listing agents) can now indicate whether a home is for sale. If you report a home is for sale you get your name, a thumbnail picture, and a link to your profile — for free. Special space on the page is reserved for homeowners and listing agents who might subsequently enter information on that home.
  • Add unlimited photos — Anyone can now add as many photos as they want to any home’s Web page, such as historical photos of homes, before-and-after shots, or neighborhood photos.
  • Zillow EZ Ads — Additionally, today marks the launch of self-service Zillow EZ Ads, a low-cost and geographically targeted way for agents, other professionals and home sellers to advertise by specific ZIP code searches. An ad takes a few minutes to create, can easily be bought with a credit card and costs just a penny per ad view. EZ Ads can link to profile pages, homes for sale on Zillow, or external Web sites.

We know it will take some time to build up a base of Q&A, but we’re excited to get the ball rolling. Most importantly we want to hear what you, the Zillow community, have to say. Please let us know what you think. And as always, thanks for all of your help, feedback, and support.