William's Blog...with a smile!


Real Estate Buyers...I your time worth nothing???

I don't believe many buyers value their time.

Otherwise why would  do as you do.

What is that you ask...

Why do you search NON-PROFESSIONAL SITES looking for property.

Apx 99% of all listed properties are listed in the MLS.


Sites like zillow and trulia  are NOT Professional Real Estates sites.

These sites are what we call Lead Generation sites.  All they want you to do is sign up with them so they can then sell your name and information to some agent looking for clients.


The information on these sites are not accurate!!!!

Even the CEO of zillow admits their valuation is many times off by 20% and more.

So why are you taking the time to look there. 

All listing go on the MLS first and then these other sites grab them, but again they do NOT have the correct information.


If you must search yourself, go to a PROFESSIONAL Real Estate site.  Our services are usually free until you buy or sell and you will know the costs up front if there are any.


We are the Professionals...If you want the job done right...call us!



Comment balloon 7 commentsWilliam Feela • May 24 2016 10:15AM


Excellent points.  Very disturbing when buyers come and say they know the values from other non professional websites.  Perhaps we need to do a better job encouraging the MLSs to be more active  and get that word out for more accurate data.

Posted by Dorothy Liu, Broker Associate, Silicon Valley Area,650-492-0859 (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 4 years ago

Great post, Bill. And I just got someone off of Zillow for good last weekend, when she sent me 10 properties she was all excited about--8 were sold; 2 had never been on the market. Here in my area, it's really difficult to use Zillow, since our MLS and several of our largest brokerages do not syndicate to Zillow/Trulia, so they have only a small percentage of listed properties on their best day.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 4 years ago

Good morning William.  Just some absolutely great points you wrote about today.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 4 years ago

Hi William.  For some folks, looking at real estate is a full time hobby and they really don't give a hoot about accuracy.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

Great Blog and it should be a feature!

People need to learn what a Professional site is and a NOn-professional

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 about 4 years ago

I was taking a class today Bill, under wisonsin law it is illegal to pay my secretary a bonus for bringing in a lead, yet somehow we are allowed to pay zillow for leads even though they are not licensed???!!!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 4 years ago

I can't believe this didn't get a feature

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 about 4 years ago