Saturday, August 22, 2009

Zillow rules! (and some nice people should buy this house)

A recent audience participation feature on American Public Media's Marketplace program (Susan's favorite) invited listeners to compare results obtained with several on line real estate sites. Because Susan needs a new neighbor (above see 2710 St. Claire Rd, as photographed by the listing service this spring: 189 days on Zillow and counting) she decided to try the comparison. It turns out that alternatives such as Trulia and Redfin aren't really alternatives, as Trulia presents less information and is harder to use than Zillow and Redfin doesn't cover Winston-Salem. So, the good news is that the blog can continue to be lazy and rely on Zillow alone. The bad news is that even Zillow needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Susan often feels sad that the Walk Score for her house is only 28 (compared with Jon's score of 48). But she feels confused and even sadder when she learns that the Walk Score for the house next door is 34.

1 comment:

  1. My walk score, on the other hand, is 97.

    I will take a few minutes to gloat.