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Class Action Suit Against Zestimates Dismissed

by Drew Meyers on 3:32 pm August 24, 2017

When I first heard the news that someone in Illinios was suing Zillow over a bad Zestimate, my gut was it was a complete frivolous lawsuit that would result in nothing other than wasting both time and money by both parties. Turns out I was right. The judge dismissed the case. I’m no fan of lawsuits, and glad to see the judge make the right decision on this one. (and yes, I realize this post isn’t technically “real estate tech”)

Why Don’t Agent/Brokers Release Their Own Instant Offers?

by Drew Meyers on 10:27 am June 2, 2017

Rob got me thinking… while Zillow is the #1 website in the real estate category, I’m willing to bet that most consumers don’t start searching there. I think they start searching on Google and go from there. So… say it with me: Google Instant Offer. You can already book hotel rooms and airline flights directly from Google. Why not solicit an offer on your house right from Google? The pitch from Zillow as to why this is industry friendly is that it will help drive … Read More »

Zillow Instant Offers…Finally

by Drew Meyers on 4:24 pm May 22, 2017

It’s no secret inventory is a problem in many real estate markets across the country (my own backyard, Seattle, certainly falls in that list). That begs the question, how do you open up more inventory for purchase? I’ve long been a fan of the Make Me Move, and the prospect of connecting buyers and seller directly. I know virtually every home is available to buy, for the right price. I was always a fan of what Bryan was working on with Everyhome. Remzy (current Geek … Read More »

Do Millennials Need Their Own Portal?

by Drew Meyers on 7:23 am March 30, 2017

Another portal, targeted at millennials? Will that get adopted? It seems we’re about to find out with Zillow Group’s upcoming launch of RealEstate.com.

Zillow + Sun Number

by Drew Meyers on 11:01 pm October 28, 2016

I’m glad to see Zillow added Sun Number’s to property detail pages this last week. I hadn’t hadn’t heard of Sun Number until tonight. From their website, their mission: increasing the public’s awareness of the solar potential of buildings through our Sun Number™ Scores The company/product reminds me a lot of Walk Score. Their mission is as follows: Walk Score’s mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods. Walkable neighborhoods are one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy. Those that know me know … Read More »

The Sad Decline of Diverse Solutions IDX

by Mike McGee on 6:22 pm September 1, 2016

If you’ve followed my posts here on Geek Estate, you know I’ve had a long history as a customer of Diverse Solutions. I’m not sure exactly when I started with them, probably sometime in 2008, but I was using their dsSearchAgent (Mapping IDX) well before they launched dsIDXpress (WordPress IDX). Their Mapping IDX was truly innovative, enabling DIY agent/broker/webmasters to embed a world-class search tool as attractive and intuitive as any custom option available at the time. Then they released their revolutionary WordPress IDX plugin, democratizing indexable IDX … Read More »

Spencer’s New Podcast, Office Hours

by Drew Meyers on 3:16 pm June 22, 2016

Spencer always finds a way to keep ahead of the pack when it comes to thought leadership, so it’s no real surprise he launched a new podcast called office hours. Introducing “Office Hours,” a podcast on leadership hosted by our CEO @SpencerRascoff. https://t.co/Vf0jeKOvVj pic.twitter.com/e4CZLkXbTV — Zillow (@zillow) June 21, 2016 His first guest, none of other than the former CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo. Have a listen (20 minutes).

Houses + SnapChat = Snaphouse

by Drew Meyers on 3:23 pm June 14, 2016

It seems Zillow’s commitment to Snapchat as a marketing platform is real…

Is Zillow a valuable tool?

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am May 17, 2016

Today’s Tuesday morning debate: Is Zillow a valuable tool? Go read the article on the Seattle Bubble before responding (75+ comments). What say you?

Credit Where It’s Due: Zillow’s Marketing

by Drew Meyers on 9:42 pm May 4, 2016

Though I still have many friends who work at Zillow, I’m not (financially) biased when I say I’m still constantly impressed with Zillow’s marketing… I’m a fan. (I should note that I just watched it on Youtube and a Realtor.com paid ad came on immediately following… go figure)

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