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Old 03-01-2007, 08:33 PM   #21
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I may have to buy more junk. This house is about 50% bigger than the one we have!

It worked out, but we had to look at about 45 homes in person and I scrutinized about 200 using the zillow 'birds eye view' feature, which kicks ass if they have good enough imagery levels for the area you're looking in.

Glad thats over...now for the fun part. Moving :P
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Re: what would you do?
Old 03-01-2007, 08:59 PM   #22
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Re: what would you do?

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I may have to buy more junk. This house is about 50% bigger than the one we have!

It worked out, but we had to look at about 45 homes in person and I scrutinized about 200 using the zillow 'birds eye view' feature, which kicks ass if they have good enough imagery levels for the area you're looking in.

Glad thats over...now for the fun part. Moving :P
CFB How accurate do you think zillow numbers are. I'm also thinking of moving,but downsizing from mcmansion to a nice condo.Probably no mortgage and 6-7000 less in taxes but with 400. a month common charges.Some negatives such as having to walk the mutt evertime he wants or needs to go out and also a place to park a 40ft motorhome.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:04 PM   #23
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Its a data point.

From what I can tell, they dont show froth very well, and they're a lot better if you pick your own comparables that are actually comparable.

Whats interesting is being able to freely GET comps on your own, do a drive-by on some of those to see what they look like, see what other people in the town/region/state are paying, see some of the trend lines, etc.

The birds eye view feature is just a killer, again...if your area has the high resolution shots. You can zoom in so close you can see whats in the back yards of your neighbors, all in faux 3D. You can see stuff thats not even viewable when you get to the property like adjacent lots and neighborhood features.

I looked at a lot of property and saw what it was (trying) to sell for, looked at a lot of comps, got a feel for the neighborhood, saw the zillow normal and customized numbers, and took the sellers position as well as my own into consideration before I felt good about a number.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:34 PM   #24
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Thanks. I told a real estate person about some of the numbers and they seemed to think they aren't accurate.
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