Can I rely on Zillow to figure out the market value of my home in Rappahannock County?
Zillow is a billion-dollar website that "gives" automated estimates which claim to figure the ideal price of every residence in the United States. Zillow tries to accomplish this task by using a sophisticated program which compares factors which alter property 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 web for the phrase "Can I trust Zillow?" or "Can I trust Z-Estimates" you'll discover countless posts by upset property owners and leery home shoppers who have discovered the hard way just out inaccurate Zillow's pricing can be. Many people in Rappahannock County report that Zillow's valuations 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 unlikley 5% that means that a z-estimate is only within $25,000 of the asking price.
Yet Zillow (for now) remains popular with some people. Property owners and home purchasers should understand that there is not a single community in Rappahannock County where either a mortgage lender or tax collector uses Zillow for tax assessment or appraisals. Our professional advice is to take estimates from any online site with a grain of salt. Putting too much trust into a computer can cause a lot of disappointment.
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