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Posted: 2/19/2006 5:06:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/20/2006 6:00:55 PM EDT by Hedonist]
Saw this on the news a few days ago, checked it out tonight. Pretty cool. Although I could get all the same info and satellite images online from various sites, this one site is simple to use and packages that data quickly and in a reasonably useful format.

If I remember correctly, the news said the site was created by the same guy that did Expedia.com.

Looks like a pretty good resource for home shoppers. Check it out --> Zillow.com

I have no financial interest in promoting this site, but I think it could be valuable to remember in the future.

So what's your house worth?

What's your neighbor's house worth?

What's that house that you sold 10 years ago worth now?

What's that house you lost in the divorce settlement worth now?
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:12:14 PM EDT
That's wild, it even got the square footage of my house right
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:12:17 PM EDT
House worth : 510k

Neighbors... ranging from 400 to 650k
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:12:34 PM EDT
Seamed pretty inaccurate in my look. Wrong # of bedrooms/baths etc and only off by 100k
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:14:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 5:14:46 PM EDT by rcoers]
I looked at it for homes in Indianapolis - all it did was pull the assesed value from the county. Those people get values by looking at your house, from the comfort of their car!
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:14:41 PM EDT
My zip code isn't even in their database.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:16:49 PM EDT
Thanks for the Link. That's good Stuff.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:17:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:
House worth : 510k

Neighbors... ranging from 400 to 650k



Show off
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:17:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By johndel:

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:
House worth : 510k

Neighbors... ranging from 400 to 650k



Show off



NJ is expensive!
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:18:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:

Originally Posted By johndel:

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:
House worth : 510k

Neighbors... ranging from 400 to 650k



Show off



NJ is expensive!



Yeah it is. You live in North NJ? I'm in South NJ.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:18:26 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:18:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By johndel:

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:

Originally Posted By johndel:

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:
House worth : 510k

Neighbors... ranging from 400 to 650k



Show off



NJ is expensive!



Yeah it is. You live in North NJ? I'm in South NJ.



Yup, up near Hunterdon.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:19:16 PM EDT
Lots of things wrong about mine including number of stories, sales history, etc.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:19:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By m-dc:
Seamed pretty inaccurate in my look. Wrong # of bedrooms/baths etc and only off by 100k



+1
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:20:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:

Originally Posted By johndel:

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:

Originally Posted By johndel:

Originally Posted By VooDoo3dfx:
House worth : 510k

Neighbors... ranging from 400 to 650k



Show off



NJ is expensive!



Yeah it is. You live in North NJ? I'm in South NJ.



Yup, up near Hunterdon.



Closer to the Governor.. EWWWWWW LOL.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:20:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By m-dc:
Seamed pretty inaccurate in my look. Wrong # of bedrooms/baths etc and only off by 100k



I think the data is from tax info and building permit data. In your case the results might cause prospective buyers that use this site to pass you over which would be a bad thing. The site is pretty beta right now. My residence info is pretty accurate, except for the square footage (an extra 500 square feet) of the finished loft in my detached garage that we built in 2001 has not been included in my total square footage.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:20:52 PM EDT
it was pretty accurate for my house
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:21:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
it was pretty accurate for my house



Mine was right on the button.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:22:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By johndel:
Closer to the Governor.. EWWWWWW LOL.



Don't remind me.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:23:16 PM EDT
Has my House 1/4 mile and 3 Houses up the road from me. Neighbors house just sold last week for $175 K more then this site listed.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:23:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 5:24:13 PM EDT by USMC88-93]
Seems like it is drawn diectly from county tax records as they have a listing of current property tax.

However much of the information was inacurate.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:23:48 PM EDT
It had NO INFO on homes in my zipcode.........To me, thats a good thing.......
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:27:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By USMC88-93:
Seems like it is drawn diectly from county tax records as they have a listing of current property tax.

However much of the information was inacurate.



it was not tax record info for mine.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:33:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 5:38:58 PM EDT by 20rdMag]
They have 2,310 Sq ft
Actual 5,600 Sq ft

Baths off by 1

They have Stories: 1
Actual Stories: 2


Yearly taxes $7,212
Actual $12,034

Value of the home is off by about 1/3.


98% of homes in the 967** ZIP code have a value lower than this home.


Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:35:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zack3g:
My zip code isn't even in their database.



+1
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:35:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 6:22:15 PM EDT by Roadhawk]
Zillow.com was started by Richard Barton and his friend Lloyd Frank. Barton is the guy that started expedia.com. He has realtors running scared right now, because his ultimate goal is to sell homes over the Internet.

Barton is a smart guy, and I have a feeling he will accomplish his goals.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:47:42 PM EDT
HAHAA!!!

Im off the grid

they said my address doesnt exist

FREE
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 5:49:39 PM EDT
I can see a time when you call Ditech.com, they do a quick Zillow-scan, send you an email to reply back to, and transfer home-equity $$$ into your bank account within an hour or so. Home equity loans will become just too easy, and everyone will sink faster and deeper into debt.

On the other hand, if the data is innaccurate, you may be screwed, and have to wait for a human being to verify values.

The creators of this site were smart enough to get free coverage on CNN, and now apparently on ARFCOM.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:10:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:19:03 PM EDT

No info for my zip code, but the sat photo is pretty cool. I have a different type of grass than most of my neighbors, and that shows.

Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:27:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By alaman:
Lots of things wrong about mine including number of stories, sales history, etc.



+1

They have the wrong house assigned to my address. They have my house on the wrong side of the street, wrong BR, wrong SQFT, and they have a neighbor's house that has fewer BR, 300sqft smaller than my house, no basement, smaller lot, but valued $50,000 more than mine. I don't think so!
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:29:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Roadhawk:
Zillow.com was started by Richard Barton and his friend Lloyd Frank. Barton is the guy that started expedia.com. He has realtors running scared right now, because his ultimate goal is to sell homes over the Internet.

Barton is a smart guy, and I have a feeling he will accomplish his goals.



While I agree that realtors need to be put in their place, this system he has going is not worth a shit.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:30:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 7:40:38 PM EDT by txgp17]
They said my home was worth more than $200,000 5 months ago, in the fall of 05'. And worth $136,000 now. That means it lost over a third of it's value in less than 6 months!?
BULLSHIT.
I paid $124,000 for it just about 4 years ago.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:34:33 PM EDT
Pretty cool. 3 out of 4 were right on: my old house, THIS house, and my Dad's house. My Grandmother's old house was way off, however. The size of the lot was right, and that's about it.

Neat site! I've got it bookmarked.

Link Posted: 2/19/2006 6:49:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 6:52:23 PM EDT by thee12nv]
My current house is off by about 300k 1 bedroom 1 bath and 300 sq ft
My last house I sold for more than it is valued at on that site and is worth about 70k more now
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:01:26 PM EDT
For my area that site sucks, but most sites do. (Not even MapQuest shows my address). I wouldn't have been able to find the area if it wasn't for the nearby quarry. When I try to zoom in it either goes to a screen that says no satellite image at that zoom level, or switches to a regular map view.

All you can tell is that there's a quarry and lots of trees.


Terraserver did better, and I can't do Google Earth because my processor is only 533mhz and I'm on dial-up.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:03:13 PM EDT
Crappy service.

It couldn't find or give a price for "in a van down by the river".
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:22:40 PM EDT
My value was about $80k off.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:28:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 7:33:40 PM EDT by Paul]
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:32:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By johndel:

Yeah it is. You live in North NJ? I'm in South NJ.






"Hey!, you from Jersey? I'm from Jersey!"


Aviator
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:33:57 PM EDT
Can't find my house, it can't find my street.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:35:05 PM EDT
cool site....pretty close.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:39:16 PM EDT
thanks for posting...very useful
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:39:18 PM EDT
Keeps telling me to install Macromedia flash, evn though its installed and working... Odd...
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 7:49:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
it was pretty accurate for my house



Me too
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 10:51:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 10:59:13 PM EDT
the POS small box that I rent is worth 1.2 million according to that. Unfortunatly it is about accurate. I hate kali.
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 11:02:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/19/2006 11:35:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/19/2006 11:44:41 PM EDT by Big_Bear]
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:14:07 AM EDT
"No homes were found at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC"

Nice how the rooftops are blocked out...
Link Posted: 2/20/2006 9:40:22 AM EDT
Tagged for later.

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