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Blast from the Past: NPR Interview on Zillow Launch Day

by Drew Meyers on 8:00 am April 6, 2016

An interview with Rich Barton on Zillow launch day in 2006 on NPR can be found here. “We’re live” post on Zillow’s Blog is here. (inspired by recently watching Zuckerberg’s 2004 interview)

More Validation for Future of Teams

by Drew Meyers on 11:51 am March 31, 2016

I wrote about the teams opportunity a week ago. Zillow announced another investment in that area today with the addition of team profiles. I’d say this is a pretty good indicator we’ll see more and more investment into software for helping teams in the coming year.

Stop Touching Me, Zillow

by Ben Kubic on 8:49 am March 3, 2016

As the head of a real estate brokerage, at some point I got onto some Zillow Account Manager’s distribution list. While I gloss over most of the pitch email I receive, today’s made me stop what I was doing and write this post. Here’s the email I got: Besides the obvious copy-and-paste job (If you’re going to use a ridiculously large font, at least make the whole email the same size. And check your spelling/grammar. This is just lazy.),  did you notice the line where Zillow … Read More »

What Home Means When You Travel 9 Months a Year

by Drew Meyers on 10:17 am February 29, 2016

I’m a big fan of Zillow’s new commercials about what home means, the latest one Spencer tweeted hits a chord given the story is of “travel” (a topic I happen to care deeply about). When you travel for 9 months a year. Seriously, who does that??!!  

The Smart Squeeze Strategy of Zillow’s Premier Agent Summits

by Sam DeBord on 5:00 am

Zillow Premier Agent Summit

I went to Zillow’s Premier Agent Summit in Seattle this week. It was a focused and well-run event, one that smartly ties in with the company’s current strategy of developing uber-Zillow-agents as its core following and revenue stream. I’ll get back to that in a second, but I know that a few of you are shaking your heads in disbelief after that first paragraph. I have a reputation in certain circles as being “anti-Zillow”. I’m unapologetically quick to criticize the company when they don’t play … Read More »

GeekWire Interview: Zillow at 10 (with Rich, Lloyd, and Spencer)

by Drew Meyers on 2:41 pm February 4, 2016

It seems there is virtually unlimited desire for insight into that very, very large real estate company based in Seattle that starts with the magical letter “Z“. To satisfy that curiosity, John and Todd at GeekWire interviewed Zillow co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink, along with early exec and now CEO Spencer Rascoff, and released it as a podcast for your listening pleasure… Listening while I work today at Galvanize in Pioneer Square makes me think back to many of the moments I referenced earlier this … Read More »

Naked Apartments Acquired by Zillow

by Drew Meyers on 10:23 am February 3, 2016

I just saw the news that Zillow Group acquired Naked Apartments for $13 million in cash. Zillow is definitely investing heavily in rentals. Current renters are tomorrow’s buyers, and they obviously realize it’s cheaper to acquire that traffic ahead of the pack rather than compete for it when they are actually ready to buy (when everyone else is bidding on it too). I still believe Zillow’s biggest competitor in rentals long term will be a very unexpected player, not really in the real estate industry at all currently: AirBnB. (I’ve … Read More »

Is WordPress Power/Penetration in the Real Estate Industry Dwindling?

by Drew Meyers on 11:15 am January 5, 2016

WordPress

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been thinking about WordPress a bit recently, having spent time re-launching Local Market Explorer and looking into agent review plugins. I can’t help but notice the fact that the largest real estate technology player, Zillow, doesn’t seem to be aggressively pursuing WordPress development as a distribution strategy. Sure, their agent websites are built on WordPress (see coverage here) and they still actively maintain dsIDXpress (last update 3 weeks ago). That said, as an actual distribution platform for content — there doesn’t appear to … Read More »

More on The Local Expert Opportunity…

by Drew Meyers on 1:50 pm December 22, 2015

One of the opportunities I’ve written about is showcasing true local experts in a compelling way. That’s why I find StreetAdvisor a compelling project; they are in a great position to swing at this, and have the right brand name for it. Real estate and travel are the two industries I know best. Real estate via 5 years at Zillow, 1 year at Virtual Results, & a range of consulting projects over the last few years. Travel via building Oh Hey World and Horizon since 2012. The two industries … Read More »

Everything Wrong With AVMs in Two Pictures

by Ben Kubic on 10:09 am

My company, Virgent Realty, sold a home in Atlanta’s hot Grant Park neighborhood just under three months ago for $492,500. The home had numerous showings its first weekend, and went under contract 5 days after we put it on the market. This morning, I was greeted with this email from Zillow: Note the $184,942 difference between the most recent sold value and the current Zestimate. After having a good laugh, I decided to give the new Redfin AVM a shot, since they claim to have the  lowest … Read More »

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