Last night as I prepared to power down the laptop and make my way to my bed, a ‘breaking news’ email came in from Inman. Zillow is now allowing consumers and Realtors to post their listings on their site. For free. And they’ve got a new wiki about real estate they are unveiling.
Now there once was a time when I swore I would never use the word z-i-l-l-o-w in a blog. I referred to it as ‘z’. Afterall, I didn’t want to do anything to help the enemy, like provide them with an incoming link from my highly ranked blog. (Note: the pagerank is coming, I’m waiting for the next Google update after moving off of Blogger to become the mistress of my own domain.)
Ironically enough, I had just sat through a one hour presentation from Realtor.com that morning. Our office is now enhancing all its listings there. Though I think this is a good thing, I do think Realtor.com is neither the prettiest site nor the most informative. You can’t beat their traffic numbers though. At least I think you can’t. I am sure Zillow will have something to say about that soon enough, if they don’t already.
Moments later (last night), an email came in from Drew Meyers, from Zillow to give me the news straight from the source.
Well, I decided I need to go to sleep anyway, in spite of this very timely blog fodder. So I woke up this morning to a plethora of commentary going on out there in the blogosphere. Some of my favorite thoughts on the topic so far, are from Kevin Boer at 3 Oceans (edit: woops, I linked to the wrong article the other day.Â This is corrected.)Â I see merit in Kevin’s 2.0 approach. Well presented, Kevin. Thanks for doing some of my thinking for me. Otherwise I might have been yelling “the sky is falling, the sky is falling” this morning. OK, not really, but…
Drew also is tracking the commentary on his blog. I’ll have to do some reading today. I have a feeling we will be talking about this for a while.
Oh yeah, Drew, are you hiring for anything besides programmers? And when are you dropping the beta?