I used to have issues with Zillow. Even wrote a couple of blog rants about them. But I got to like these guys a lot more after I met Sara Bonert at an Inman Connect a few years ago. And today, I started to like them even more, especially now that I have Spencer Rascoff's email address.
When National Public Radio did a piece on Zillow.com a few years ago, I thought "No freakin' way!" And they will convert me to a real fan the day they get the Zestimate on my house within 20% of it's actual value. And I'll admit that they are getting closer than they used to be.
And while my own house's magic number is a little off, they do pretty much nail the prices in neighborhoods that are a bit less architectrually diverse.
One of the things that Spencer dealt with at his presentation at Rain Camp in New York was the challenges they face in many cities, like Washington, DC house values. But when he explained what they were doing to make it work, I was impressed.
So, when I get a few minutes, I may send Spener some information about my little block of Washington, DC row houses. Which ones are renovated and spetacular? Which ones are granny houses with kitchens that were state-of-the-art in 1938? Which one is inhabited by a hoarder who's let it fall down around his ears?
And what's important is that they have a mechanism for incorporating this type of information into their Zestimates.
These guye are pretty clever after all.
But for right now, if you want to know about Washington, DC house vallues, I am probably still smarter than Zillow's computer!