Zillow vs Appraisal Ethics Rules

Although Zillow claims that the Zestimate is not an appraisal it appears that the majority of the public considers them as such. In my conversations with local real estate agents I hear countless stories about how home sellers believe in the Zestimate, and because of this, they pressure the agent to list the home for the value given, especially if it is higher than what the agent believes they can sell it for.

Zestimate vs. Appraisal
Because so many people do see the Zestimate as an appraisal I thought I would take a look at how the two compare when it comes to what is required to be done from an appraisal standards perspective. Read more »

Tom Horn

Tom Horn

Certified Real Estate Appraiser & Founder at Appraisal-Source
Tom Horn is a certified real estate appraiser in Central Alabama and author of the Birmingham Appraisal Blog. He started appraising in 1990 and obtained his SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute in 1995. He speaks regularly at local real estate offices to help bridge the gap between appraisers and agents.
Tom Horn

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Tom Horn

Tom Horn

Tom Horn is a certified real estate appraiser in Central Alabama and author of the Birmingham Appraisal Blog. He started appraising in 1990 and obtained his SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute in 1995. He speaks regularly at local real estate offices to help bridge the gap between appraisers and agents.

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  1. Carl says:

    Great analysis. This will be interesting to follow.

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  2. Jason says:

    We need to take our profession back and leave the true opinions or estimates of values to the licensed professional appraisers.

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