I wrote here some months ago that developers and others interested in propping up sales in the current weak market would do well to focus overseas, where most currencies are strong against the weak U.S. dollar. Now, without
The Zillow exec says all this overseas traffic has come without the company doing any brand awareness advertising at all. They don't really have to in this Internet Age. When I plugged into Google the search terms "U.S. real estate prices," Zillow.com came up second on the list of places to check. It came up third when the terms were "U.S. home prices."
Zillow, and its rival Trulia, are still not perfect, but they continue to refine their algorithms to come a little closer to true market value in their estimates. And, according to the Zillow exec whose interview with the Wall Street Journal online you can watch by clicking here, his company now permits homeowners to edit and update information about their own houses. I just added an update about a kitchen remodeling we did a few years ago and it automatically changed the estimated range of our home's value.
However, don't go adding too much to your estimate just to pump up your home's value; you never want to be the most expensive house in the neighborhood, and at Zillow, the world can see not only what your house is worth, but what your neighbors' houses are worth as well.