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Old 11-03-2006, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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I guess it is a question of having the most accurate data on the source site or a compilation of suspect data on one site.
So, what other data do you think is innacurate? The only gripes that I have seen pertain to the home value estimates.
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Old 11-03-2006, 10:05 AM
Status: "Celebrating 30 years as a Broker" (set 21 days ago)
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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the source of the information for zestimates come from a variety of sources, and they use a proprietary algorithm to take a wild a** guess as to value.

If the sold data is a matter of public record like in Colorado, I would always choose the source of the data over a single site with multiple sources. Accuracy over Convenience.
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Old 11-03-2006, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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2bindenver,

It seems like you keep hashing over the same point, inaccuracies in their value estimates. That is understood and I fully agree based on what I have seen. However, if you have a concern about the other information on their site, I'd like to hear it.
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Old 11-03-2006, 11:49 AM
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Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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what other information is important?
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Old 11-03-2006, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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what other information is important?
You still didn't answer my question. What other information do you find inaccurate? I've already indicated the other information on the site which I have found useful.

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Old 11-03-2006, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I usually go to the Boulder County Assessor's website. It doesn't have photos but it does have useful information on a property's history such as previous sale prices vs value, owners, square footage, etc. Not sure if other counties have similar sites you can check out.
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Old 11-03-2006, 04:00 PM
 
Location: on an island
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You still didn't answer my question. What other information do you find inaccurate? I've already indicated the other information on the site which I have found useful.
They said my house has 2 baths. It has 3 full baths.
They said my house has 4 bedrooms. On the main floor, it has 3. (One in basement.)
They said my house was updated in 1946, don't know where they got that info, but I can guarantee you it's been updated since then.
One thing I will say: unlike six months ago, the value range for the house is indeed correct. However, the other information is so sketchy, I'm just not sure that Zillow is a worthwhile surfing site.
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Old 11-03-2006, 04:01 PM
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I am selling in AZ trying to move to CO...but here zillow had me at 316.9...but they had my no. of bathrooms wrong and there was something else wrong...can't recall. Of course they don't list.upgrades etc. I listed my house at 319....assuming I would get less...w/this market a lot less. Now I am at 309...market is dropping...zillow is not....it's unpredictable right now.
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Old 11-04-2006, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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They said my house was updated in 1946
For an older home like that, I would be very surprised if they had up to date info. Does even your city building dept have accurate records?

For newer homes, I would expect their info to be more accurate. Though, for my house in HR (1999) and my old house in Santee, CA (1959) Zillow was pretty spot on for the details, but not the values (as I pointed out earlier). Their info is only going to be as good as the original source for it, which I am sure will vary widely by area and be worse for older homes.
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Old 11-04-2006, 04:58 PM
 
Location: on an island
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For an older home like that, I would be very surprised if they had up to date info. Does even your city building dept have accurate records?
Yes.
http://www.denvergov.org/realproperty.asp
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Their info is only going to be as good as the original source for it, which I am sure will vary widely by area and be worse for older homes.
I do not understand why older, established homes would be worse in information.
If anyone wants accurate City of Denver information, I suggest the link I posted.
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