Can I trust Zillow estimates?

Can I rely on some Internet company to appraise the sales price of my home in Belle Rive?

Zillow is a billion-dollar website that provides computerized estimates which purport to calculate the sales value of every property in the United States. Zillow tries to reach this goal this feat by using a fancy program which compares factors which affect property values, but here's a typical story I have heard from real estate sellers in Northern Virginia:

Is Zillow accurate?
Many consumers have serious doubts about the accuracy of Zillow home value estimates.

Our home was recently appraised for 650K. Zillow estimates the value at 521K. The estimate makes us one of the lowest priced homes in the subdivision. We have all upgrades in our home and it is the largest of the homes that were originally built in this subdivision. It was appraised at 750K before 2009. Our home has a basement. Neighbors do not have basement on one side and you appraised higher. Really? -- James E. - Fort Hunt

If you research the Internet for the phrase "Can I trust Zillow?" or "Can I trust Z-Estimates" you'll find countless posts by upset homeowners and leery real estate shoppers who have discovered the hard way just out inaccurate Zillow's pricing can be. Many people in Belle Rive report that Zillow's valuations have a margin of error of approximately 20%. Even if we assume the margin of error is only 10%, in Northern Virginia that means a "z-estimate" is only within $50,000 of the actual value. If the margin of error is an improbable 5% that means that a z-estimate is only within $25,000 of the asking price.

Yet Zillow (for now) remains popular with some buyers and sellers. Home sellers and home purchasers should know that there is not a single neighborhood in Belle Rive where either a mortgage lender or tax collector uses Internet for tax assessment or appraisals. Our expert advice is to take "valuations" from any computer at arm’s length. Putting too much reliance into a website can cause a great deal of disappointment.

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