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How do I fix an obvious inaccuracy on my homes Zestimate?

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Here Here! Well said. That was just brilliant. The homeowner should be able to opt out of the Zestimate. Leave the market analysis to the professionals! Not third party data providers!I personally am not going to remove mine because I got lucky. My home is worth 500K but is being Zestimated at 650K!  LOL

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How do I fix an obvious inaccuracy on my homes Zestimate?

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The first thing you have to rememmber is that Zillow has a disclaimer written somewhere on the page that says that they have a differentiation factor of 20% up or down of the Zestimate. If you believe you are further off than that, get in touch with a local realtor and ask for a Good Comparative Market Analysis. They are usually free. You might even get in touch with two companies  so you can see how close the two realtors come. Or else you can ask the broker of a company if they can reccomend somone within their comapny that does Broker Price Opinions on behalf of banks for short sale analysis. These people have estimating down to a science and can probablyy do this for you for about  $100 as apposed to an appraisal which  can cst you 350 - 500 dollars. Just let the agent performing the BPO that your home is not in distress and you are just trying to get the correct Fair Market Value for your home. Have all reports sent to you in a PDF form attachment on your computer and store them in a file. Get in touch with Zillow on the 1800 number and find out who you need to speak to and where you can forward these BPO's and CMA's so there can be a change done to your ZESTIMATE. Tell them if they do not get the price changed, you will be in touch with an attorney and will pay a third party to have the discussion with you. And maybe you will be in touch with a few local papers to discuss this issue with the Editorial section. I personally think that there are more than just a few people who are disturbed by this Zestimate fiasco. I get calls all the time when my picture is next to a listing.  Many of these Zestimates are out of line and cause  your home many times to look like it has way less value than is reasonable. It is time for the public to start taking action and stop complaining!

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Looking for Realtors

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I met my mortgage broker at a business netwrking group. I give him all my business. We are like partners now. I wouldn't hand anything away from him until he said he absolutely couldn't do the loan. Network, network, network.  I went to a mixer last week and there was a mortgage broker, an attorney and a few other people handy for our industry. I just gave the mortgage broker a deal my broker could not do and I am using the attorney on two deals I got into contract in the last few weeks and we will see how it goes. Good luck,Andra

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4 Ways to Stand Out in the Marketplace

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Want to here 4 good ones?A. Knock on doors, lots and lots of doors.B. Talk to everyone and always have your business card in every pocket of ever jacket you own. Be ready to add that person to a potential client list in your smart phone.C. Chase expired and if that doesn't wprk knock on the door next door to the rewritten expired.D. Become an expert in one field or another, Senior Housing, Buyer's Broker, Investment properties. People want to know what you know. The pens, magnets and calendars just don't seem to do it for anyone. Did you ever get invited into an expired homeowners home and see 30 faces from the same company. I just tell them from the get go if they are picking for looks, I am not their gal. Now if they are looking for slightly chubby with half a brain.......they have definitely found me.   Forget those magnets!

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how are you using facebook

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I actually offer all my contacts a free listingbook account to check out the value of their home or look for their dream home free of charge in the privacy of their own home once every month to month and a half and it seems that 1-3 people always go for the bait.  They may truly need it and it keeps my relatives and friendsknowing I am still an agent because they are the first ones who claim they didn't know you were still in that business!Once in awhile I offer a subscription to my blog on making money in a down market through the purchase of REO's. Three or more people sign up every time.It's just another tool to keep people knowing you are in real estate. That you are a professional that they can reach out to when they are ready. It is definitely not a place to post new listings. Unless it is your first listing over a million!

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Do you think twitter is a good resource for real estate information?

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Rock stars and famous people can tweet one liners all day and people who are interested hang on their every word. Agents are not rock stars although some of the people I have met in this business think they are!  Facebook, LinkdIn, creating an interesting blog about something in real estate that others are interested in and having a website that is clear, understandable and easy to use are great uses of social media. Tweeting is for the Birds! Get it!  He Hee Heee

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Real Estate Professionals, what does your car say about you?

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I love these posts!  I was embarrassed to be driving a Murano. But the truth is I keep it ultra clean. It has less than 50,000 miles even though it is 7 years old because I bought it used. And best yet I just made my last payment!  Next month it will get some terrific new tires and go to the Nissan spa for a day or two for a long overdue mechanical checkup.  That is the problem for us agents. Heavens to Betsy we should give up our car for a day!  It's like taking a  sick day!

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Any advice for a buyer seeking a VA loan?

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Considering a buyer who is eligible for a VA loan does not need a deposit and need not pay PMI insurance into his mortgae and get enhanced tax dreductions makes him more eligible than perhaps the same guy with the same size wallet. Don't you think.  They just need to be coming in with a lender that specializes in VA loans and believe me some are more adept than others.Good LuckAndra Matera

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We have had a few clients write a review for us...how come it is not posted?

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I recently went through the same aggravation. It can take about 5 working days because they must review the post. Also, if they did not create an account when they wrote the quote, it will not submit. Obviously harder than they make this process out to be because I am still missing 3 more reviews. I gave up after I got 2 to go through after my favorite client called me a pain.  I decided 2 was enough and I will get them as I go now. Good Luck!

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how to recovery photos previously on zillow website

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 If you were lsited with a brokerage and you find those pics on another site, be careful the way you use them. They are the property of the brokerage and are watermaked by the local MLS as such. Do not hand them over to another brokerage for use and if you are for sale by owner, take new pics just to cover yourself.Good Luck!Andra Matera

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