9 times out of 10, people check their home value on Zillow or Trulia prior to calling a real estate agent. I personally think these sites are great considering they get it right about 50% of the time (when you take into account that an algorithm is trying to determine a very complex ordeal such as the value of a home…props to that).
So why do they miss the mark the other 50% of the time?
I don’t really know, and I doubt anyone else truly knows, but here is my guess. Because they can only see what’s on the outside of the property thru the eye in the sky – aka satellites – and they can only analyze what can be found on public records such as number of beds, number of baths, etc.
The problem here is two-fold.
- Often, public records are incorrect
- These sites can’t see the interior of your home
Say you added a family room to a property. Or your home was built in 1975, but you have made an update here and there. It’s this lack of accurate information that can distort what’s reported in sites like Zillow.
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