To zillow or be zillowed

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  1. Deepdale macrumors 68000

    Deepdale

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    I saw a preview for an upcoming episode of Nightline that I then neglected to tape. According to host Cynthia McFadden, it dealt with the ability to go to a website called zillow.com and be able to check what people paid for a home at any given address that is entered. I tried it but Internet Explorer is not a supported browser. I am curious to know if this has this been looked at by members and, if so, any comments to share?
     
  2. adk macrumors 68000

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    I've used it, it's pretty cool. It uses a google earth type map with prices over most houses. My friend's house in rural kentucky, however, didn't show up with a price and another one of my friend's houses showed up with an unrealistically low price that I can't imagine is right. Needless to say though, it's pretty cool.

    for all you people who are too lazy to type it yourself, http://www.zillow.com

    PS why the hell are you using IE?

    EDIT: it doesn't support safari either, but I know it works with firefox.
     
  3. Shamus macrumors 6502a

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    It seems strange that anyone would make anything which didn't support Internet Explorer or Safari. That cuts alot of people out.

    Interesting site though, thanks for posting. :)
     
  4. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Ooo, that's spooky. How do they know so much about my home? *twilight zone music*

    but, that's a pretty cool site for when I eventually have to look for a home.

    Hmmm.. just about $200k. I think when they bought the house in the early 1980s, my parents paid not that much. silly housing market, bubbles are for blowing into your drink through a straw! :p
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Oddly enough I use this everyday for work purposes. I know it is accurate because it uses public data to find the most accurate comps around the developments and then prices accordingly. Not to mention, the day after I heard about it my parents got their house appraised. I said it would come in at one number, I was $100 off.

    How do they know this much about your house? MLS data my friend.
    Nothing is sacred anymore.
     
  6. Deepdale thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Between zillow, credit card companies, tax return data and electronic intercepts by the government, the days of privacy have been reduced to a fond remembrance.

    I am still living in the world of OS 9.1 and that is the only browser currently available to me.
     
  7. motulist macrumors 68040

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    It's not always accurate though. A house I know that has 3 stories is listed as having 2 stories. So don't take what it says as fact. Since it's based on records recorded by people it has some mistakes in it.
     
  8. adk macrumors 68000

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    Ok, I withdraw my flaming then :)
     
  9. njmac macrumors 68000

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    It may not be 100% accurate, but its scary how close some houses are to being accurate. I wonder if Google will buy Zillow.
     
  10. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    froogle + zillow + google maps = AMAZING

    That would be nuts... but I can see google doing that. It'd be so... "google".
     
  11. 3rdpath macrumors 68000

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    i've found zillow's pricing estimates to be inaccurate here in california...even when taking into account their large window of guestimentation. ( my new word). i've also found some inaccuracies in their s/f descriptions.

    Zillow is a ok for a large ballpark guess but i certainly wouldn't use it as my sole tool for constructing any pricing strategies for real estate.
     

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