Zillow Buyers Agent by Area Code

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Real Estate Agent with Kucic Associates Realty

When I signed up for Zillow premier agent a month ago, it was a much better deal to buy a zip code, then just be a premier agent.  By getting listed as one of a few buyers agents in a certain area code, you also became a premeir agent.  Zillow added a "3rd spot" to each area code this week.  I picked up 3 more zip codes that are my main area of business (Fishers and Carmel).  It is not cheap, but I'm excited to see what kind of leads I can generate over the 6 month commmitment period. I figure one closed deal pays for it all, and anything more is money ahead.  I really do think Zillow is going to be the premier search engine for buyers going forward.  The MLS systems are always going to be there, and much better for agents, however I believe Zillow is going to be takin over where most  buyers search for homes in the years to come.  Should be interesting to see how it shakes out. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Dan Brudnok
Keller Williams RE- Exton - PA License Number #RS225179L - Downingtown, PA
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Jim,

Best of luck....let us know how the investment works out for you.

Jun 10, 2012 06:37 AM #1
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Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Juim, keep me posted i have used many lead generation programs with not much success. Like to see how this works for you.

Don ABR

Jun 10, 2012 06:51 AM #2
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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Good morning Jim. I just canceled my Zillow contract. When I started I was the only agent so there were a few leads but then Zillow began calling all of my competition letting them know how many leads I was getting and signing them up as well. Dwindled down to where the only leads were looking for rentals or mad because of the erroneous info Zillow posted. Seems after they were locked into a contract they were more concerned with their bottom line than mine. lol

Jun 10, 2012 07:09 AM #3
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David Grbich
Ventana Coastal Properties - www.FindCARealEstate.com - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Hi Jim - I will also be interested in how it works out - please update over the coming months. I also got bombarded by Zillow to sign up this past week as they rolled out the additional slots. $300 per month to be part of a rotating list did not look like a good investment to me but agree that it only takes one sale to payoff. I am on a similar Trulia Pro Elite program and it has not generated much. They do get views but majority of their listings are not active in my area. Regards, Dave

Jun 10, 2012 08:12 AM #4
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Brad Andersohn
Zillow - Nat'l Outreach Mgr & Dir. of Zillow Academy - Fairfield, CA
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Hi Jim - Brad from Zillow here.  Glad to see and hear you'll be taking advantage of the Premier Agent program.

I'm sure you also know that a Premier Agent real estate website and CRM are included?  If you need any assistance, feel free to contact me anytime, I'd love to be able to share some additional ways we can help you get more contacts and convert more prospects into clients.  Just click on my name for all y contact info.

Congrats and welcome!  :-)

BTW - You might want to correct the link above in your blog post with this one:
http://www.zillow.com/profile/JimTrueblood/

Jun 16, 2012 04:28 PM #5
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Brian Black
Kucic Associates Realty - Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, IN - Fishers, IN
Indy, Fishers, Carmel IN REALTOR

Jim,  How is your Zillow premier stuff working out for you? Jeff and I are thinking about canceling both of our accounts pretty soon.  Zillow appears to be just trying to offer their agents less and less and charging more and more.  The way they keep changing things around, then jamming more agents into the same areas we were originally promised to have a maximum of 4 agents per area code has gone straight out the window.

I used to knock on Realtor.com all the time because of how worthless their service was and how much of a waste of time it was, but it looks like Zillow.com is heading down the same path with greed.  

What's the point of us paying for "exclusivity" if they keep pulling the rug out from underneath us and making the deal worse and worse?

The program I was sold on originally, paying $100's a month, is now only a watered down version, and is becoming pretty pathetic.  I get more leads for leases than anything now, and my contacts have dropped off signifgantly even with using drip campaigns, having my profile updated, lots of reviews, basically everything Zillow has told me to do to increase my chances of conversion and beyond.

I think I'm going to be writing a very long post about my experience with Zillow and their shady tactics more or less "bait and switch" their agents.

Hopefully things are going better for you, but I think the rest of us in our brokerage are about to drop Zillow entirely.  Hell I could get on Facebook and get 10,000 impression to a targeted audience much cheaper than I could on Zillow, and have less competition!

Dec 20, 2012 08:19 AM #6
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Jim Trueblood
Kucic Associates Realty - Fishers, IN

Hey Brian,

 

My experience with Zillow has had its ups and downs as they have changed things throughout the year, but overall it has been very good.  I've had several sales and new clients from Zillow and it has more than paid for what I spend on it, which is the only thing I'm concerned about.  It has been a positive that they now only send leads to one agent instead of three.  One change I'm going to make is reduce the number of zip codes I have and just increase my "share" of my prime zip codes/locations when they become available.

 

 

Jan 09, 2013 06:38 AM #7
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Brad Andersohn
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Hey Jim -

Thanks for the update and I'm happy to hear you're having a very positive experience and benefiting from your efforts and support on Zillow. I know for a fact that our company is always looking at ways to help increase the volume of contacts and closings for Premier Agents and without those enhancements, we would never know what works best. So thanks for your feedback, it's always heard and appreciated.

I'm looking forward to witnessing a great 2013 for you, and if you ever need anything at all, you know where to find me.

Good luck and may you continue to prosper! :)

Jan 09, 2013 08:19 AM #8
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