Zillow offers market info and reviews so it’s definitely a resource when buying or selling a house in Issaquah, or around King County at large, but here are 3 reasons why you should try John L. Scott’s website for your home search instead.
Reason 1 | You Can Be Texted Notifications of New Listings
John L Scott, and all company sites, are linked directly in real time to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (MLS), but Zillow is not here. So Zillow’s site updates approximately 24 hours after a new listing hits the market whereas they show up on John L Scott’s site in just a couple of hours. If you are part of John L. Scott’s Property Tracker service, you can even set yourself up to get texts of these new listings. No other company can do that for you. Often several buyers will already have been in a home that comes to market by the time a Zillow-only user even sees it.
In our competitive market today, some listings go pending within that 24 hour time period, so you can see why it’s an advantage to be in the know and get notified by text ASAP.
Reason 2 | Getting Correct Info
Zillow is a compilation of listings from sources, but not directly from the most accurate one – the MLS. Sometimes people inquire about listings that have been sold for quite some time already but are still on Zillow’s site as available. I had a buyer who sent me a large list of possible homes to see that he found on Zillow. Of the 15 listings he emailed, 10 were already pending or sold. One of the solds was from nine months ago. He had spent time online looking, compiling this list, and sending it to me. Looking on Zillow is not the best way to use your valuable personal time when searching.
Reason 3 | Don’t Like Being Solicited?
John L. Scott’s site lists active homes for sale from all companies. Zillow has other purposes. Zillow gets agents to pay for priority exposure and ads on their site’s listings. This means clicks on homes matter so Zillow can keep getting agents to pay to be seen on their site, whether the homes you get baited to click on are for sale or not right now. When you click, the agent who’s paid Zillow gets you as their ‘lead’ to then call. I’ve spoken with people who have gotten calls from multiple agents after clicking on a listing. If you have an agent already, this is also not a good use of your time.
If you want to make good use of your time, you can use this link christinahyun.johnlscott.com/search/ or download our mobile app at JLSapp.com/ChristinaHyun and search to your heart’s content by map, neighborhood name, and even see all upcoming open houses in your chosen search area. On either, you can get our free “Property Tracker” feature to keep track of/fav your searches, get that text notification feature, and also have a way for only your chosen agent to stay connected with you to actually help.
Let me know if you have any questions. Visit my Buy & Sell tabs above for more tips. It’s perfectly fine to be at the beginning of the process if you’re here in my neck of the woods buying or selling a house in Issaquah. Or just starting to learn about how home buying even works. I’m happy to help anyone around the Seattle region.
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