Real Estate Broker, SFR , OR Real Estate Broker (9 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Foreclosure

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Is Zillow really charging 9.95 to post a listing? How do you feel about that?

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I got a new listing last week & it is updated on Postlets now for 6 days.  It still is not showing up on Zillow.  Zillow is saying other feeds work to get your home showng on Zillow is not working. My listings are not coming to Zillow from Postlets even though the box is checked on Postlets & the Link is there.

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Is Zillow really charging 9.95 to post a listing? How do you feel about that?

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I am a complete Zillow believer.  I do think this is going to really hurt Zillow. Not that I am not willing to pay the money but I think a lot of people won't and the information that Realtors provide to their site is invaluable to Zillow because whenever I list a home I make sure it is in the correct location and the correct square footage adding a consistent accuracy value to their site.  I do believe people will shift to other websites due to this.  I pay for a showcase ad on Zillow and signed up to be there for a year.  I had no idea they would be adding this new fee and probably would not have signed up for a year.  I myself just today before reading this blog uploaded all of my listings to Trulia thinking many people will leave Zillow and look at other avenues.  There are so many other sites that will show up.  $10 or $9.95 does not seem like a large amount but when you are already paying for a showcase ad & paying all of the other fees associated with being a Realtor it really adds up. I was surprised to see Zillow charging this.  I do understand that it is free if you go through Postlets, but the problem is Postlets does not allow you to set the location on the map of the accurate location or add any more details that Zillow allowed in the past.  Postlets is extremely limited information and it will not update that information to Zillow if there is nowhere in Postlets to enter it.  The whole idea was that Zillow allowed another avenue to give accurate and more complete information to share with the buyers and sellers.  If that is gone the value of Zillow will decrease in the Real Estate world dramatically when it was just growing in popularity.  Lori WinterhalterREMAX Equity Group www.YourAgentFriend.com 503-504-6173

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