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Shannon Ware wrote:

I am trying to find the correct place to go to get the square feet and year built on a home

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For St. Louis City homes, go here:http://stlcin.missouri.org/assessor/lookup.cfmMore detailed info can be looked up by any real estate agent with access to the MLS. Note that old tax record square footages can be wrong (and low) on older historic homes that have been renovated and updated.
June 11 2010
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why did the zestimate on my house decrease $2500 and house next door increased $3500?

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The "zestimate" is a robotic program, and not a very smart one at that. It simply looks at the averages from all the data as it is updated, and is only as good as the info entered (and a lot of info on zillow is wrong), it doesn't know about property condition, or neighborhood conditions, anything. It is not even close to being an "appraisal", and can routinely be off by plus or minus 30-40 percent or more on an individual property. The general trend data from larger areas on zillow is useful, but the zestimate is so flawed and misleading, it should not even be there, in my opinion.
June 11 2010
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Tar paper under roof shingles.

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If you have a an asphalt shingle (conventional) roof with the shingles directly on the wood roof decking, you have a roof that was just done wrong. There are various advanced underlayments available now, they are not always "tar paper" anymore. Some provide automatic sealing around roofing nails. There should also be metal flashing around any roof penetrations, along chimneys, in any valleys where roof profiles intersect, and  "drip edge" flashing along the edge of the roofing.You may have a very substandard "fly by night" roof job, you should get a quality roofer or home inspector out to look at it.
June 11 2010
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there are 2 homes that are not listed on the street where I live - why is that

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Zillow does not always have the most current information about homes for sale or under contract. They do not receive real time data from the MLS (Multiple List Service) but depend on various Realtors and brokerages to proactively post their own data. Some are more on the ball than others!If you are actively looking, the best thing ot do is to contact a Realtor to be your Buyer's Agent, and get set up with a private, real-time portal to the MLS.
April 29 2010
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How do I fix a listed sale price?

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First, go to the City of St. Louis assessors database http://stlcin.missouri.org/assessor/lookup.cfm and look up your property, and make sure the sale amount recorded there is correct. If it is, then try contacting zillow, and ask them to correct.
February 25 2010
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What problems should I anticipate when buying a hundred year old house, even if it has been updated?

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I mostly help folks buy and sell (and have also renovated) century old homes in the city. If it is well done, I'll take an older home any day over the new matchstick palaces they throw up now. Most of them will be recycled into the landfill in another hundred years, and many of our current historic homes will still be in use. My personal home was built in 1911, has foot thick brick walls, and the handbuilt hardwood stairs are square and squeak-free.The biggest issues are how well updates have been done, with care and craftsmanship, or was it a sloppy quickie flip from the boom of a few yyears ago. A good home inspector can tell you a LOT, but at $400 plus for an inspection, you need some expert advice in the looking stage too.Work with a realtor and brokerage that specializes in historic homes, if all they know is west county generic boxes, they won't have a clue how to help you out.
February 23 2010
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I just looked at our home on Zillow.com and the photos/data are incorrect. How do we correct that?

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First try to "claim" ownership of the home. Zillow will ask you some questions that will verify that you are the owner. If you can get Zillow to accept you as the owner, you can correct info about the home, including photos.
January 25 2010
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what's the best neighborhood for condo resale value--Washington or Soulard in St Louis?

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The Washington loft district was overbuilt with a glut of finished and unfinished projects when the real estate bubble crashed. If you shop carefully there and can find something that is a bit unique and underpriced, you MIGHT come out ahead down the road.Soulard potentially could be better, as there is much more limited inventory there, but again you would have to be VERY careful to buy at the best price possible.Also be aware that it is still much more difficult to get a mortgage loan approved for a condo purchase than for a single family home, because there were so many failed condo projects nationally.A final factor would be the financial viability of the condo association of any unit you are looking at. Is the project mostly sold and owner occupied, with a strong stream of income from owner fees? The last thing you want is to be one of only a few owners in a mostly unsold project, and have the whole thing default out from under you. For sure do not be an early buyer in an unfinished project at this state of the market.
January 22 2010
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How do I remove the make me move price? Thank you.

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If this is your property and you have "claimed" it on Zillow, just log in and edit the home facts.
January 22 2010
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