Can I rely on a computer to calculate the value of my property in Broadway?
Zillow is a popular website that provides "z-estimates" that claim to calculate the market value of each home in the United States. Zillow tries to achieve this this feat by using a complicated logarithm which crossreferences factors which alter home values, but here's a 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 search the web for the phrase "Can I trust Zillow?" or "Can I trust Z-Estimates" you'll find countless testimonials by upset property owners and leery real estate buyers who have discovered the hard way just out inaccurate Zillow's pricing can be. Many people in Broadway 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 value. If the margin of error is an impressive 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 real estate buyers should know that there is not a single community in Broadway where either a bank or tax collector uses Zillow for tax assessment or appraisals. Our expert advice is to take "valuations" from any computer at arm’s length. Putting too much trust into a website can cause a great deal of unnecessary anxiety.
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