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Old 03-28-2018, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I looked up my agent and it showed everything she bought or sold in the past few years...I'm going with accurate, but she makes sure that it is that way.
as an agent, following behind Zillow is required, whether you're paying them bookoos to be a Premier Agent or not. Sometimes they pick up my activity, sometimes they don't. It's especially bad when I represent the Buyer, but there have been errors on the listing side too.
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Old 03-28-2018, 03:44 PM
 
Location: PVB
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What does almost every agent have a 5 star review?
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Old 03-28-2018, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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What does almost every agent have a 5 star review?
Would you pay an advertiser who gave you less than 5 stars?

This is NOT about agent quality.
It is about Ad Revenue, and sales lead generation for the advertisers.
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Old 03-28-2018, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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What is the point of reviews if everyone gets 5 stars? Its like every student gets an "A", so its meaningless. I recently looked at an area and 90% of the agents have a 5 star rating. As a consumer I see this and wonder about its objectivity. I do like Zillow to check out houses and photos, look for open houses. I also use Realtor.com, "which is licensed to operate by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the real estate industry's largest trade association". I find it to be more current.
The point of 5 stars is for Z to sell agents advertising.
Your focus is wrong. This is NOT a consumer resource. It is a lead generation site that trades on charging agents for opportunity to snare leads.
You are a "lead."
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Old 03-28-2018, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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Zillow, and most other real estate sites, are just for random references to gauge what's out there. Hardly anything listed on the site is accurate or factual. They'll even tell you on the site somewhere that it's not to be used (or they're not responsible) for accuracy.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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What does almost every agent have a 5 star review?
There is a consumer who participates on the Oregon forum who said she tried to leave a negative review on Zillow for an agent that she hired and it was rejected by them. So that appears to be the answer.
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Old 03-29-2018, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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I use Zillow as a vague "guide" for areas too far away to get to, but I want to keep an eye on the economics of the area.
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Old 03-29-2018, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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I'd just google the local paper for their housing news. Or the local Realtors association.

Whether they put out info monthly, as mine does, or are a much smaller market, it's actual news and actual data. Zillow just runs off their Zestimate for an area.
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Old 03-29-2018, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Just curious if the Zillow profiles of agent activity are always accurate . The pages that show active listings and sold properties for each agent .
Sometimes. The agent has to go claim their sales so those numbers are less reliable. Listings should be pretty accurate as long as the local MLS allows syndication to zillow.
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Old 03-30-2018, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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From what I've observed, very little on Zillow is correct. I ended up using it only for finding open houses.
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