Homeowners will lose millions in equity. Realtors will lose millions in commission. Wall Street investors are the winners with Zillow’s new Instant Offers program.
INSTANT OFFERS is a new program by Zillow that leverages the credibility of Zillow to help sophisticated investors buy homes from unsuspecting consumers at thousands below market value.
For years, real estate agents and consumers have tolerated inaccurate Zillow "zestimates." This was Zillow’s entry into the actual real estate business and should have been stopped cold at the time. These online valuations (no one sees the home) consistently mislead consumers about home values, making it harder for real estate agents to help buyers and sellers make good decisions.
Now Zillow's "Instant Offers" encourages unknowledgeable home sellers to sell directly to profit-driven investors at below market value. This program mesmerizes home sellers into acting without consulting an agent, attorney or appraiser.
Instant Offers is a costly, misleading program for the public and a stab in the back to real estate professionals who fund Zillow. It's a lose-lose program for everyone (except greedy investors). It reduces home seller equity while diminishing agent's income.
It’s time to draw a line in the sand. Years ago when Zillow introduced "zestimates" NAR should have demanded that Zillow stay out of brokerage services or risk losing MLS IDX feeds and real estate agent advertising.
Now Instant Offers is a clear intrusion by Zillow into real estate brokerage, a move that needs to be stopped before it gains traction.
The StopZillow.com petition website and Stop Zillow LinkedIn Group were formed by real estate attorney, Huffington Post writer and 50-year real estate veteran Greg Hague to insist NAR keep Zillow out of brokerage to protect real estate professionals and the public.
The first petition is simple and clear: warn Zillow to discontinue Instant Offers or risk losing the MLS IDX listing feeds and agent advertising.
Read the petition to NAR. If you agree, please sign online. That's it.
Your information will not be shared or used for any other purpose.
After signing the petition you will receive a weekly email update about the progress with NAR and Zillow.
Greg Hague, The Real Estate Maverick