oops! wrong area. never mind! look for someone with a CPCU designation... they will be more experienced, more knowledgable, and more ethical.
I've worked with a great commercial agent/broker in the Los Angeles, CA area. His name is Paul Huang... he has a CPCU designation, so is very knowledgable and experienced. He's a UCLA grad and works at New Century Insurance. His phone is 626-300-9000 ext. 162... email is firstname.lastname@example.org.Hope that's helpful!
Zillow seems to rely on the community to moderate itself... anybody can indicate that a home is for sale, and anybody can remove the "for sale" status as well. You can just open up the property address and udpate the "for sale" status yourself.
The dwelling coverage is the cost of rebuilding your house, which is based on things like the cost of building materials and labor. It should be tailored for your house based on things like the kind of flooring and countertops that you have (ie. carpet, tile, granite, marble, etc.)The sq. ft. cost that Zillow shows is their estimate based on the market value of the home, which is totally different. The market value fluctuates depending on demand for the house. Things like its location, the school district, the neighborhood, etc. affect this figure, and have very little to do with the cost of rebuilding the house.
Are you sure he didn't just take over the listing from his own account? Zillow has a link specifically for doing this, and it sounds like he's just trying to do his job, marketing your house.
I'm not a realtor, and I don't want the agents I work with to think that I am one. How do I remove the agent icon from next to my name?
I've found it by Googling "Los Angeles County Property Appraiser." Thanks for the advice and help!
Is there any publicly accessible resource that shows the prices at which a home was recently sold?
I believe the Bird's Eye View photos that Zillow uses are borrowed from Microsoft Virtual Earth. You can still access the same photos through Microsoft's own map website... http://local.live.com the only problem is that it's inconvenient, not being coupled together with Zillow's home specs