It's Time to Check in with Zillow

It's time to check in with Zillow, and see how accurate their Zestimates are for the San Francisco Peninsula.

The last time I wrote about Zestimates in our area was over a year ago, when the trend was definitely low Zestimates. Let's see if the same holds true now.

1Elm303 Zestimate




Sales Price: $638,000









904BeachPark Zestimate





Sales Price: $670,000








1221 Highland Court Zestimate





Sales Price: $1,502,000










21 Hilltop Zestimate



Sales Price: $1,250,000



1901 Arbor Zestimate



Sales Price: $1,205,000




Zillow remains an interesting site, but buyers and sellers need to seek the advice of a local real estate expert when making an offer on a home for sale or when pricing a home for sale.






--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 10 commentsLottie Kendall • October 15 2014 06:21AM


Some ethical person should find a way to outlaw zestimates...up or down...they are never accurate anywhere.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 5 years ago

Lottie: Unfortunately, it is human nature to believe any source of media if it conforms in your favor. In the case of buyers, if the price is lower than the list price, and sellers, the reverse. It just makes our task that much more difficult, yet these bog-box sites continue to get away with falsely stated values. Very sad, indeed, yet they depend on us to share our listings with them through syndication. When will agents learn?

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 5 years ago

Lottie, that's quite a price difference! Buyers and sellers really do need the expertise of an agent.

Posted by Suzanne De Vita, Online Associate Editor (RISMedia) over 5 years ago

Wow thaks for the research Lottie. I worked with a client a few months ago who had been going about finding a house using zillow only to be disappointed time and time again until a mutual friend referred him to me. We found him the perfect home in under 2 weeks!

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty (Zion Realty) over 5 years ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - people like going on Zillow; we need to show them that the Zestimates are not reality.

Hello, Sandy Padula & Norm Padula - one reason I periodically write these blog posts is to help show my buyers why they can't use Zestimates.

Yes, Suzanne De Vita - the price differences between Zestimates and actual sales can be huge; we need to be able to educate our buyers -- and in some markets, our sellers.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

Hello Nicole Doty - congratulations on helping your buyer find reality!!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

Lottie - This is a must read for all California home and condo buyers, the property value estimates on these mega real estate websites is more off base than accurate.  Local real estate agents are the people who can really give you a true estimate on current market value and they know what factors to take into account that add, or take away value!  Suggested Reading!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 5 years ago

Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale - how accurate are Zestimates in your area? Real estate is definitely local, and each property is unique and needs to be evaluated on its own merits.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

I've recently seen a lot of syndicated sites having issues even getting # of bed/baths correct - I don't think they're anywhere close to nailing down values yet.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

Zestimates remain off in my market area. What about yours, John Meussner - any idea?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago