First, Zillow is not an MLS (multiple listing service). Zillow syndicates listings from hundreds of local MLSs around the country, and the way they make money is by selling advertising space to real estate agents. Their primary client is the real estate agent, not you the buyer, and not the sellers either. They make their money from Realtors. Unfortunately, Zillow steals the listing information from local MLSs without permission, and they do that by scrapping the Internet. They scrape MLS sites, tax assessor sites, auditor sites, and many other online sites to pull the information into their own ecosystem and then they kick it out in the form of of what appears to be a listing, but their income is from the Realtors who show up in the right side of your monitor. So let’s not tip toe around, Zillow is not a good moral company.
Second, a lot of my buyers like to use Zillow to look at homes, and I’m not foolish enough to tell people what they can and cannot do, so if you like Zillow, go ahead and use it. But when you want to look at Sequim listings that is 100% accurate and is designed specifically for buyers like you, I invite you to Sequim-Homes.com. Use as many syndicated sites as you want to (Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, and other brokers corporate sites), but to keep track of your favorites and your searches and organize your short list of homes to view when you arrive in Sequim, use Sequim-Homes.com. You can also use the links at Sequim-Homes.com to email me with your questions about particular properties. This is one of the services I offer my clients, all the answers you need about a property even before you arrive in Sequim to view homes.
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