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David Beitel

Zillow

CTO, Zillow.com

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Your Maps and views don't work

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The initial map on the home profile page does use flash, but there is also browser side script that is used to control the interaction with the page. The Birds eye map doesn't use flash for example, so if you are in an area where Birdseye is available, it should show even if you don't have flash installed on your computer. I am thinking that some of the browser side code hasn't downloaded properly and needs to be refreshed. Again, it would be good to know browser version and OS.

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Your Maps and views don't work

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Thomas, can you tell me what version of IE you are using and what OS you are on so I can try and help track down the problem you are having. I was able to get the map on the home profile page to work in IE9 on Windows 7.

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How accuratecy of Zillow report compair to MLS

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At Zillow, we mostly get listings directly from Brokers as well as 100s of MLSs. Also, we do support "Sales Pending" status with our for sale listings. There are occasions where a listing status has not been updated. We are working to reduce the instances of this happening, and anyone can flag a listing and we will check it out and update the status. To flag a listing, you can use the "Report problem with listing" action under the "Edit" menu on a Home Profile page. This menu is under the listing description.        Additionally, you can always send these to me directly and I will make sure they get taken care of. My email is davebei @ zillow dot com or you can find me on twitter @davebei

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Neighborhood boundaries for San Francisco, and sharing demographic info with student researchers

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You can find lots of information about San Francisco, including Demographics information in our local pages. Check the sub pages by selecting the different sections on the left side of the page.http://www.zillow.com/local-info/CA-San-Francisco/r_20330/As to the source of our San Francisco neighborhoods, we built these using a number of online sources, including other Real Estate sites, Wikipedia and local city, government websites.

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Why do you require use of Macromedia Flash Player?

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We've required Flash for using our map based search since we first launched back in Feb 2006. This was based on our desire to create an interactive map based application that allowed displaying dynamic data (zestimates, parcels, etc) on top of dynamic and interactive street and aerial maps, which at the time was not something you found on real estate sites. Trying to show 100s of parcels on the map with highlighting on mouse over was something that was hard to make perform well in real time with DHTML and scripting. More recent browsers and available mapping technologies from Microsoft and Google have made it possible to accomplish most of our goals without requiring flash. We do have a longer term goal to remove the flash requirement for our maps, so we appreciate your feedback. Adobe reports 95+% install based in the US for flash player v10, so it is our belief that nearly everyone has flash capabilities. That said, we do know of some corporations blocking access to flash content, so even though the player is installed, the flash application won't work properly. On mobile devices, where flash is not broadly available, we have provided other methods for accessing our home information. We have a dedicated Zillow iPhone application  and we are working on other mobile platforms. You can also use a slimmed down mobile experience on http://mobile.zillow.com/ .   Additionally, there are other parts of our site that you can use which don't require flash, so we encourage you to explore those areas as well.

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MISTAKE

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You can "unclaim" the house by clicking on the "claimed this home" link in the Home Ownership section of the home details page. You can find this on the Overview page for this home, in about the middle of the page, below the charts. You will get a little popup window that lets you "Release ownership of this home". Select that link from the popup and follow the instructions. Hope this works for you.

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Property taxes

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According to the King County website, the 2007 taxes were $13,386. See https://payments.metrokc.gov/metrokc.ecommerce.propertytaxweb/RealProperty.aspx?Parcel=1336800415

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THE TOTAL PRICE OF THIS HOUSE IS $56900??

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If you are the owner, you can change the for sale price on Zillow yourself. Please correct it to $459,900 if that is the right price. Thanks

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Is this house now listed for $509,000?

I checked the agent's website where this is also posted, and I see that the price there is 509,000. Is there a reason why you don't update the listed price on Zillow?

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