Can I rely on a computer to figure out the market value of my home in Landmark Mews?
Zillow is a popular Internet marketer that "gives" automated estimates which purport to figure the value of every home in the United States. Zillow tries to reach this goal this feat by using a complicated program that crossreferences factors which impact real estate values, but here's a typical story I have heard from real estate sellers in Northern Virginia:
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 Google the Internet for the phrase "Can I trust Zillow?" or "Can I trust Z-Estimates" you'll discover countless testimonials by angry property owners and leery real estate purchasers who have discovered the hard way just out inaccurate Zillow's pricing can be. Many people in Landmark Mews 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 market value. If the margin of error is an unlikley 5% that means that a z-estimate is only within $25,000 of the asking price.
Yet Zillow still remains popular with some real estate shoppers. Home sellers and property purchasers should understand that there is not a single community in Landmark Mews where either a bank or tax collector uses Internet for tax assessment or appraisals. Our professional advice is to take estimates from any online site with a grain of salt. Putting too much stock into a website can cause a great deal of unnecessary anxiety.
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