The Deal About Zillow

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 12.06.30 PM      As millions turn to Zillow to begin their home shopping experience please know the conflict it can cause you when buying, or selling your home. The website is an automated property value estimate that is calculated from public  and user submitted data which is computed 3 times per week. Three times per week?! Public and user submitted data is not information you can get from your local Real Estate Agent, or Appraiser who inspect the subject properties, know the current market conditions, location and special features of a home.

Zillow’s CEO Spencer Rascoff admits to their “median error rate” in home pricing. At the bottom of Zillow’s home page you will find a Zestimate tab where you can read more about their accuracy in your market area.Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 12.07.04 PM

Catchy word that has implied meaning, Zestimate is as it sounds, an estimate of a home’s value. Rascoff also admits that these Zestimates have an error rate of 8%-26%. Houston, we have a problem! In fact, we have such a large real estate market that on Zillow’s accuracy table, Houston doesn’t even score on error rate.

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I do give Rascoff credit though, he does advise that Zestimates are no more than a starting point in pricing discussions with the real authorities, your local Real Estate Agents and Appraisers.

Admittedly I have used Zillow from time to time for a quick property search, but always question the “freshness” of the information. When you are wanting reliable information on homes for sale, you can find it on HAR.com.                      Unlike Zillow that updates their information 3 times per week, HAR updates accurately every 15 minutes!

For quality results in buying, or selling your home find the experts. Invest in contacting your local agent who has access to true market information and will get your needs met.

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There’s more than you might think to buying a new construction.

Exciting as it may seem, buying a new construction home is an emotional roller coaster! Expect highs and lows in your decision making process, building time and procedures. Above all expect your Builder to get it right!

Read Blake Miller’s post on 6 Mistakes to Avoid when Buying a New-Construction Home on Trulia’s Blog.

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New to the Market! 11202 Endicott Ln.

Lovely Westbury home, 3/2 corner lot. Very spacious bedrooms, closets, kitchen and living rooms. A detached 2 car garage, plush landscaping, new roof and survived all past Houston flooding! This home is high and dry, never flooded. Well priced! Make it your own.

New on the Market 11202 Endicott Ln.

Formal Living and Dining rooms

 

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Spacious kitchen has a breakfast nook.

 

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International Folk Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Since 2004 Santa Fe has hosted the International Folk Market for 750 artists from 92 countries. Artists are selected from a juried competition each year and receive 90% of everything they sell in the market.

Enjoy the beauty and culture of this month’s International Folk Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We look forward to next year’s market, July 8, 9 and 10, 2016!

2015 Folk Art Market

2015 Folk Art Market

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Homeowners, A Few Ideas To Save On Your Taxes

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Sharing ideas from House Logic

 

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Willowbend Civic Club Yard of the Month Winners for April, 2013!

Willowbend Civic Club has awarded six beautiful homes the Yard of the Month award for April.

We want to thank our home owners for keeping our neighborhood lovely and hope they inspire others with pride for our Willowbend neighborhood. This is where we live and we all are happy to be part of such a great area in Houston!

4413 Waycross Dr. Congratulations James Hall and George Roccaforte, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

4413 Waycross Dr. Congratulations James Hall and George Roccaforte, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

10514 Willowisp Dr. Congratulations David and Carrie Tollar, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

10514 Willowisp Dr. Congratulations David and Carrie Tollar, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

4517 Stillbrooke Dr. Congratulations Earl and Jennifer Fairbanks!

4517 Stillbrooke Dr. Congratulations Earl and Jennifer Fairbanks!

4831 Creekbend Dr. Congratulations Nicole Leonard, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

4831 Creekbend Dr. Congratulations Nicole Leonard, recipient of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

4733 Creekbend Dr. Congratulations Alex Caprice!

4733 Creekbend Dr. Congratulations Alex Caprice!

4305 Hazleton, Congratulations to Our Neighbor!

4305 Hazleton, Congratulations to Our Neighbor!

Thank you again to all of you for making Willowbend a wonderful place to live and making our Spring just a little bit better!

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5926 McKnight St. New Arrival To The Market!

New to the market, 5926 McKnight is nestled in the Parkwest subdivision. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath is 2,014 SF, has wood flooring, updates, fully fenced, freshly painted inside and out and waiting for you.

New to the market, 5926 McKnight is nestled in the Parkwest subdivision. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath is 2,014 SF, has wood flooring, updates, fully fenced, freshly painted inside and out and waiting for you.

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