Zestimates are known for their inaccurate quotes. The problem is zillow
gets data fed to it by other sites like MLS, tax records, assessors,
government sites, etc. However receiving second hand data causes a time
delay in increased or decrease values if it calculates it at all. If a
property never reflects that it sold on Zillow then the Zestimate will
not calculate that new value.
The best way to get a homes value
is to contact a few agents and have them prepare you a free Comparative
Market Analysis (CMA). It is free and it will reflect the most recent
sales. The agents can also look and see what properties are in
contingent and pending status meaning they are in escrow. Often times
the agent can contact those listing agents as well to find out a
ballpark value as to where those properties will close. This helps
predict which direction the neighborhood values are moving in.
recommend using an agent to get you the homes value as well as if you
want to do a home search. A ton of homes on Zillow and other similar
sites are listed as available for sale but are not. In fact there are
some that have close 6 months ago that are still listed as available.
You can get set up on a direct feed from the MLS through your agent and
they will send you homes that only match your criteria the second they
become available. This data remains first hand data straight from the
source and this data is up to date because agents will get fined by NAR
if their data is left inaccurate. Zillow and other similar sites are not
held to this standard.
Most consumers are unaware of all of
these factors. To top it all off the seller pays the agents commissions
so if you are a buyer you get professional representation and
accurate/timely data for free (sorry seller's but you pay the fees).
Get you FREE Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) from The Adams Team at Rothwell Gornt Companies HERE.
Here is The Adams Team at Rothwell Gornt Companies' video about Selling Las Vegas Real Estate: