Follow up to Zillow and Zestimates

It gets better.  I just received this from Zillow via email in the updated Zestimate on the house I just sold in April 2013.  Even when they have the answers to the test they fail.

Home Report
1112 W Durwood Cres, Richmond, VA 23229
Sold on 04/16/2013: $359K
4 beds | 2.0 baths | 2,020 sqft

Zestimate ® $309,126 (+$8.2K / +2.7%)
Rent Zestimate ® $1,664/mo (-$71/mo / -4.5%)

Click for full details.

If you are a buyer or seller please don’t reply on Zillow.
If you are a REALTOR stop liking Zillow on Facebook.

Advertisements

Not $ooo fast Zillow…just a little outside

Just when you thought you could trust everything you read online, I am here to show you that is wrong.

The real estate industry was taken by storm when Zillow came on the scene and the REALTORS out there thought this was doom and gloom for our industry.  Well, over the years Zillow has proven two things.

1. Marketing can sell anything —even cow pies, and

2. A computer will never be as smart as a REALTOR that knows the market inside and out.

I get a lot of clients on both sides that come in and say they have been searching on Zillow and Trulia.  That is fine, but if you want the truth and accurate, updated, and relevant information about the local market, ask me or your REALTOR.  The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) feeds into REALTOR.com, which are the two most accurate sources of information a buyer and seller can use other than their agent.

Buying a plane ticket on-line is what I equate Zillow to because a coach seat on one plane is usually the same on the other. But a house is unique and different in so many ways other than just the past sold price, square footage, and public tax records.  There are so many factors to consider I can’t list them all and neither can a computer program.

My house recently sold in April of 2013 for $359,000 but the Zestimate was $282,000, a whopping 79% difference.

In baseball terms…..Just a little outside.

Please feel free to call or email me if you have questions or would like more information on the value of your home.  Have a great summer.

Get Real…Get a REALTOR.

Image

Image

8100 Spencely Place

8100 Spencely Place

A magnificent estate nestled on a 2 acre cul-de-sac lot with plenty of privacy and marvelous details. Over 8400 SF, 4 levels, pool house with full kitchen and full bath, 4 car garage and plenty of blue stone and elegant gardens. $1,895,000 Click the picture for more details.

9922 Westhampton Glen Place- offered at $675,000

Elegant, immaculate but practical transitional design built with attention to detail. Details start right away with 3 sides brick arched windows, aggregate drive way and 3 car side load garage. Open Foyer with archways leading to formal living room and dining rooms will leave you breathless. Coffered ceiling in dining room, wet bar off dining room with ice maker and wine cooler, detailed mouldings throughout the house and on cabinets, wood floors on the first floor and second floor hallway. Family room opens to a magnificent gourmet kitchen with arched openings, granite, plenty of cabinet and a chef’s pantry. Stainless steel appliances, double convection ovens, and 5 burner gas cook top, touch less faucet, and recessed lighting. Separate eat-in area overlooking back yard. Entrance from garage offers custom built hanging and cabinet space above and below. First floor study and guest suite with full bath. Handsome 2rd floor owner’s suite with sitting area, two large walk in closets, award winning master bath with jetted tub, multi head shower with seat, and double raised granite vanity with custom cabinets. Large playroom on 2nd floor and added exercise room. 3rd floor is walk up with 1650 unfin SF roughed-in for separate HVAC and is easily expandable. Aggregate walkways, front porch and driveway, and Blue Stone covered back porch and patio. Warm, inviting and great entertaining home for all sizes. Move in today!

9922 Westhampton Glen PL. Offered for $675,000

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

Elegant, immaculate but practical transitional design built with attention to detail.  Details start right away with 3 sides brick arched windows, aggregate drive way and 3 car side load garage.  Open Foyer with archways leading to formal living room and dining rooms will leave your breathless. Coffered ceiling in dining room, wet bar off dining room with ice maker and wine cooler, detailed mouldings  throughout the house and on cabinets, wood floors on the first floor and second floor hallway.  Family room opens to a magnificent gourmet kitchen with arched openings, granite,  plenty of cabinet and a chef’s pantry.  Stainless steel appliances, double convection ovens, and 5 burner gas cook top, touch less faucet, and recessed lighting.  Separate eat-in area overlooking back yard.  Entrance from garage offers custom-built hanging and cabinet space above and below.  First floor study and guest suite with full bath.  Handsome 2nd floor owner’s suite with sitting area, two large walk in closets, award-winning master bath with jetted tub, multi head shower with seat, and double raised granite vanity with custom cabinets.  Large playroom on 2nd floor and added exercise room.  3rd floor is walk up with 1650 unfin SF roughed-in for separate HVAC and is easily expandable.  Aggregate walkways, front porch and driveway, and Blue Stone covered back porch and patio. Warm, inviting and great entertaining home for all sizes.  Move in today!

Gallery of Photos


Virtual Tour

Call today for a private showing.
Wes Atiyeh 804-370-0401
wes.atiyeh@joynerfineproperties.com

 

Thanks Dad!

Dear Dad,

Wasfi Anton Atiyeh

Wasfi Anton Atiyeh

I know it has been a year (Jan 5th) when you left us unexpectedly but I wanted to give you a little update on what has been happening. (Not that you can’t see it for yourself.) I know how proud you were of all of us, grand kids included and this last year was just one surprise after another.
I think you would have been moved by how many folks were at your funeral and how much support we received from friends all over.  Simply Amazing.

Just a little run down on what has been happening with everyone so far.

Mom, Karen and I left Long and Foster and moved over to Joyner Fine Properties on August 20th.  Mom is happy that she is working and managing again and everyone there is really great.

Benita and Mike are doing well in both their dental practices providing patient care above and beyond the norm.
Benita was inducted in the order of St. John

Scott is doing really well in his architecture business SMS Architects

The grand kids are doing the best.  Carter as you know is in her senior year at Princeton and also Co-Captain of the swim team.  She already has a job offer with IBM in New York.

Thomas is doing well at school and got a 3.9 last semester and is continuing to succeed on the Stanford Swim Team.  He went to the Olympic Trials last July, did well and gained a lot of experience for 2016.

Anne made the girls varsity tennis team and continues to do well in swimming at Collegiate.

Drew is in second grade and as any second grader loving life.  Still swimming and playing tennis.  You would be really proud of all of them for their accomplishments and their schooling.

You demanded perfection of yourself, but not of us.  Your desire for us to pursue excellence,  you knew that we would achieve great things.  As one of our biggest supporters over the years isn’t it nice to know that everyone continues your wishes.

Another mile stone you would love is the Redskins won the East against the Cowboys with a Rookie QB and heading to the playoffs tomorrow.  What is even more amazing is they are playing the Seahawks with another rookie QB, Russell Wilson from Richmond, VA (Collegiate).  You remember this guy, he was on the treadmill next to you ( wearing Cougar shorts) a few years back and you asked him if he played football.  Russell responded by saying ” Yes sir, I am at NCSU and play QB”  You were impressed with him then, you would be his biggest fan today with the way he has played.  Most of all the way he, RG3 and Andrew Luck have raised the bar in the NFL for how the game and your approach to excellence should be.

Thanks Dad for showing love, compassion and discipline in seeking knowledge and demonstrating good values.  As long as we draw breath, we will seek to live up to the example you so selflessly gave us.

%d bloggers like this: