Zillow vs Trulia vs AutoTrader.Com

Yes, yes … I know I owe you market stats for April but those are being pushed back by this breaking news. No, not that Zillow stock shares got crushed yesterday when the company posted a loss for the quarter. No, not that Trulia acquired Market Leader (which, so it seems sells leads to gullible […]

More Flawed Logic from the Pro-Zillow Camp

I know, I’m getting away from regular programming but suddenly I feel like I’m at the 1995 Source Awards. Dean’s a good friend of mine but his logic in embracing the beauty of Zestimates is horribly flawed. Perhaps it’s because the owner of his brokerage (and my former brokerage) works for Zillow and he’s toeing […]

Frivolous Lawsuits, Real Estate Division: Zestimates vs. Estimates

Word came down yesterday that Zillow, purveyors of remarkably inaccurate home valuations (not even going near the mythological listings lest I have to hear again that it’s not their fault) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Trulia, recent purveyors of equally inaccurate home valuations. It seems Zillow is less than thrilled that another company […]

The Trouble With Zestimates and Zillowconomics

Few things tickle my rather dark and twisted funny bone like announcements like these from Zillow’s “Chief Economist” when discussing the nation’s hottest buyers and sellers markets. Here’s where the fun is … Zillow analyzed data on sale-to-list price ratio, number of days listings spent on Zillow and percent of homes on the market with […]

Phoenix Makes the Good List on TheStreet.Com

For the past few years, ever since the real estate market collapsed in late 2005/early 2006, it was de rigeur for the Phoenix real estate market to make all the kinds of lists that homeowners wouldn’t want to see – highest foreclosure rates, largest drops in value, most homeowners underwater. So it’s rather nice to […]

Explain This to Me, Public Consumer Type People

Could someone please explain this to me? Zillow, the advertising site that happens to have (wildly inaccurate) real estate listings and other (equally fantastic) real estate information, readily admits on its own site that the Zestimates it provides on properties should not be regarded as accurate valuations. Wait … Zillow doesn’t just admit it such […]

Once Upon a Time, There was Transparency

Before we get too far … 7,920 detached homes for sale in Maricopa County as of the moment; more details available over here. As for the main thrust of the post, to be honest, I’m not quite sure who the target audience may be as it’s a subject that, at least back in the days […]