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February 23, 2006

zillow calling

by @ 10:30 am. Filed under Real Estate

Yesterday we received an interesting call in our Customer Service Department. It was from a representative of the new real estate website zillow.com. Over the past two weeks Zillow has been the subject of a couple of lowelldeeds’ blogs. Zillow is a new website dedicated to providing real estate information to potential buyers and sellers. Let me give you peak (verbal that is)…You put a property address in, then ask for a market price. Zillow pops up all recent area sales “with prices”… more importantly, it also lists comparable sales including price, sale date, number of rooms, year built and “more”…Experts have speculated that this website will revolutionize the country’s real estate business. Back to the call…Zillow was taking a “registry survey”. The caller inquired about a number things related to our regsitry’s data and operation: What records are available on-line? What’s available on the in-house database? Can your data be purchase going forward? Can back information be obtained in bulk? How? What is the registry’s website address? I logically assume if the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds received a call from Zillow so did the other 21 registries in Massachussets. This call supports the speculation that this company has “major” financial backing. We no longer handle the sale of our data, that is done by ACS our computer company… But I can tell you this…zilliow’s inquiry involves a substantial amount of information. I have talked to people who have had great success using Zillow…I think we will be hearing about (and from) zillow.com for years to come.

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