Thanks for the quick replies. To clarify, we'd still definitely want to use an agent. Just, per Mike's point, our thought is we could get a reduction in the agent costs because they don't have to do any marketing (and the idea is that the seller would pass that savings to us.) Any more feedback (even if it's "we're nuts" ;-) is appreciated. Thanks.
My wife and I are considering moving, and know of someone who is considering selling her house in the near future. We actually want that specific house. I imagine that we could save everyone a lot of work/turmoil/cost if we engaged her about selling the home to us before listing it (we'd offer a fair market price.) Any cons to this? Do you think it's reasonable to expect a discount on real estate agent fees if we go this route?Thanks!Tony
Update: We actually just recently launched a feature for Premier Agents where they can, for each listing, put in their customer's email address, and then we automatically send that customer a listing report (just for their listing) each week. Agents who have used it really love it. Let us know if you have any questions or feedback on it!
Also, to answer your other question, if you're interested in becoming a Premier Agent, you can learn more about the program here:http://www.zillow.com/advertising/Agent.htmView recent testimonials here: http://www.zillow.com/advertising/Testimonials.htmAnd contact us directly here (though we'll have someone reach out to you, so you don't have to fill this out):http://www.zillow.com/feedback/AdvertiserSignup.htm
We find many agents making the same decision. Since the launch of Zillow Premier, we've seen more and more agents investing a greater fraction of their marketing dollars with Zillow. (one of our biggest source for new sales is existing Premier agents buying more.) Here's a great link showing recent testimonials from current Premier agents. Let us know if we can help you any further re: making a decision!
For agents with listings on Zillow, we email a listing report every 2 weeks. The report includes data such as # of times on the first page of search and home detail views. Many agents copy/paste the listings/data from these reports and email them to their clients. Though a bit harder (and we're looking at ways to improve this), you can also find lots of useful "live" data by viewing the homes directly on Zillow. Then simply put the data into an email (many agents also copy/paste some of the cool graphs we show) and send them to your clients.
For agents with listings on Zillow, we email a listing report every 2 weeks. The report includes data such as # of times on the first page of search and home detail views. You can also find lots of useful "live" data by viewing the homes directly on Zillow.
Hi Kathleen. The number Dave provided is specific to lenders on the Zillow Mortgage Marketplace. If you're a real estate agent, you can call us at: 866-324-4005.Thanks.Tony
Thanks Deborah for your feedback, and thanks to others for responding. We're always trying to provide the best experience for both the home shopper and the agent. One of the most frequent pieces of feedback we received from agents was that they wanted (really wanted) a phone number in the contact form. Our belief was that if a consumer was serious about talking to an agent about a home (or home shopping in general), they would not mind providing their phone number. In turn, our agents would receive higher quality contacts, and our consumers would get a better experience as agents would respond more quickly to such contacts. To the point that some consumers prefer email, one thing we've seen consumers do quite a bit is specify their phone number, but clarify in the contact that they want to be contacted first via email. In that scenario, the agent has a higher level of confidence that it's a good lead, but the customer is still engaging the agent the way they prefer. True, there is a cost to this change, and we're continually learning/measuring/listening for the impact of this change as we evaluate further changes to the contact form specifically and the Zillow experience in general. Again, thanks for the feedback, and keep it coming!