Property Grunt

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Zillow Tease: Giving everyone the real estate blue balls

Waiting for Zillow? Well wait no longer. Here it is at this link.

Yeah. Even for a beta launch you would expect a bit more. But boy, was I excited when I got this email.


Champagne corks are popping in our confetti-strewn office tonight … The beta site launched and we are proud of it!

The project that has consumed my life for the last 11 months has finally hatched. We've been secretive, but you can see it's not so mysterious after all:

• Instantly get valuations for homes in the U.S.

• See historical sales and comps of nearby homes

• Refine the valuation estimate for a home

• Determine how future remodeling can impact resale value

All this will help you avoid overpaying for a home, determine the right selling price, or just track the value of your most important asset. It’s also fun to see what other people’s houses are worth, and what they paid for their house…

Check it out at – remember, it's a beta and we have a few kinks to work out. Some cities – particularly on the west coast -- work very well. Other cities (notably New York) are still a work-in-progress. Also, please note that the site requires Flash, which some corporate firewalls don’t permit.

Raise your glass - here's to the future of I'll keep you posted on the features we'll be launching as we grow.

My guess is that they are still working the kinks out. But I strongly feel that this site will play a pivotal role in the real estate market.