There was an article in the USA Today about Zillow, a site that has millions of homes listed with their appraisals and full home details. According to the article the site ranges from inaccurate to near perfect depending on location. I tried a few houses in Connecticut and in both cases the site was off. In one case it was within 10% and the other case by at least 50%. Also the number of bedrooms was off for one of the houses I checked. This was mentioned as a problem in the article as well.

In addition to a detailed database you can see the listings from a satellite making this service really interesting. I can already see a cool VoIP tie-in as you could see the satellite image of the person that is calling you. Imagine satellite photo Caller-ID.

The site is in the test stage according to the USA Today.

I have to give the site lots of credit for undertaking such a massive endeavor. Although Zillow is not perfect it can perhaps over time save people trips to city hall which in my experience is worth a huge sum.

  • HomePriceMaps
    February 27, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    if you checked out Zillow and aren’t happy with the “Zestimates” check out http://www.HomePriceMaps.com
    We create HomePriceMaps using public records and other data available in your county so there is no estimation going on here.
    Also-if you don’t see any data for your area you can send an email to HomePriceMaps@gmail.com and send them your zipcode or address of interest and they will quickly post home data for your area and email you within a day or two

  • JOSH T.
    February 28, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    Zillow is pretty impressive with its mapping and recent sales data. For Illinois foreclosures and chicago real estate I think, http://www.ilFLS.com, the Illinois foreclosure listing service is technically better. The Illinois foreclosure listing service has illinois foreclosures, illinois auctions, illinois REOs and illinois tax sales and more.

  • Illinois Foreclosure
    March 4, 2006 at 9:23 am

    Zillow is pretty good for real estate. I like the Illinois Foreclosure Listing Service, ilFLS.com for foreclosures, auctions and tax sales in Cook County, Lake County, McHenry County, Kane County, Kendall County, Dupage County, Will County. Illinois Foreclosures, and chicago foreclosures are in an easy to use format.

  • John
    August 29, 2006 at 10:48 am

    So why don’t you get us all those millions of homes online here? I’m sure I’ll make enough bucks outta those foreclosures.

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