(Originally published on GibsonSothebysRealty.com) In the last 10-15 years, MLS services have opened listings to third-party aggregators (Zillow.com, Trulia.com, Realtor.com, etc). These websites provide a number of non-property-search features, from home design ideas to home value estimates. To arrive at the value estimates, most of these sites are using pricing systems called Automated Valuation Models … Continue reading How Accurate are AVMs?
Consumer-driven websites are good for the industry (This article was originally published by Inman.) If you work in real estate, you have likely heard or spoken this sentence: “Zillow is killing the industry.” Well, here’s a controversial opinion: In spite of the prevailing opinion, our industry is actually thriving in the age of consumer-driven, third-party real estate … Continue reading Are you thriving or suffering due to third-party websites?