Can I trust a computer to appraise the value of my home in Bristow?
Zillow is a billion-dollar Internet marketer that provides automated estimates which purport to calculate the sales value of every home in the United States. Zillow tries to accomplish this task by using a complicated program which crossreferences factors which affect real estate values, but here's a typical story I have heard from property 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 find countless posts by upset property owners and leery real estate shoppers who have discovered the hard way just out inaccurate Zillow's pricing can be. Many people in Bristow claim that Zillow's estimates have a margin of error of around 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 ideal price. If the margin of error is an astounding 5% that means that a z-estimate is only within $25,000 of the asking price.
Yet Zillow (for now) remains popular with some real estate shoppers. Home sellers and property purchasers should know that there is not a single community in Bristow where either a bank or tax collector uses Zillow for tax assessment or appraisals. Our expert advice is to take estimates from any computer at arm’s length. Putting too much reliance into a computer logarithm can cause a great deal of disappointment.
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