Property Grunt (why couldn’t I have thought of a name like that) has a very interesting editorial about [tag-tec]Zillow[/tag-tec].
A Group called the National Community Reinvestment Coalition has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission accusing Zillow of not being totally accurate.
Zillow’s point is their service is not supposed to be. “We’re a starting point,” says [tag-self]Zillow[/tag-self] spokeswoman, Amanda Hoffman.
Property Grunt agrees with Hoffman, and so do I.
Here’s the thing that Property Grunt was able to nail right on the head. Zillow has helped open up a reservoir of info bringing it right to our fingertips. But it’s only one tool in the toolbox, so to speak. We can still get the info by other means. It’s simply that [tag-ice]Zillow[/tag-ice] saves us a lot of time and effort.
Could it be some people don’t want that info to be out there where we can conveniently get to it so easily? Property Grunt finds that disturbing.
My answer? Now that people have been zillowing for a while, can Zillow, and Zillow-like services, really be stopped?