I have already written about how horrible Zillow is at pricing your home. Now you should know about how bad Zillow is at telling you what homes are for sale when you are buying a home. I am working with a lot of buyers right now. At least a few times a week I am asked about a house that someone saw on Zillow. Zillow is incredibly bad at telling anyone what is currently on the market. I can only think of one time in 2017 so far where a client has sent me a listing on Zillow that was actually still for sale. Many times I am sent houses that were sold in 2015. Zillow lists houses as pre-foreclosure, which means absolutely nothing. 99% of the time, these houses are not for sale.
On top of that, Zillow feeds off of local Multiple Listing Services. The only thing is that Zillow is typically 1-3 days behind the Multiple Listing Service. Right now, the houses that are the most popular and that you are most likely to want are highly unlikely to be on the market for more than 24 hours. I have already had several of my listings sold before they ever even hit Zillow in 2017.
What this means to you is that working with me gets you one very important advantage over Zillow: a professional who knows what they are doing and knows what is going on in the market. Frankly, do you think Zillow cares about what is happening in Central Iowa? This is only one very basic part of what I do. A very simple solution to this is that I can set you up with your own website that is tied directly to the Multiple Listing Service. Most of the time I work as a profiler for my clients, where I look through every listing that matches their criteria and only show them the ones that really match their criteria, because a computer can only do so much. Some clients just want an uninterrupted feed, and I can do that too. On top of that they get my experience with negotiations, pricing, and simply being a 3rd party who can help them stay safe instead of impulsive.
On top of all of that, the services of a realtor for a buyer ARE FREE!!!
Here are your options:
Zillow will give you houses that are not even for sale for free.
Ryan will give you direct access to houses the second they hit the market, all of his experience and training, and I am pretty fun to be out and about looking at houses with if I do say so myself (for free!).
That choice should be obvious! You can reach me at 515.639.0047 or RyanLynch@KW.com. I would love to help you and anyone you know. I love this work and I love helping people. Let me help you.