Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Oh, Fred Griffin - the Devil lives in the Zetails.  

It changes nothing for me.  I do not wish to pay for leads or follow a call with a would-be buyer or seller that just spoke with a Zdiot. 

May 29, 2018 08:44 AM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

It seems too invasive and prone to error. Plus, will the zillow screener be as good as converting than we are? Will they be engaging in conversations that unlicensed people are not allowed to? Will they get all their call center people licensed in the states for which they screen calls?

May 29, 2018 08:26 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Sounds like it will benefit Zillow more than it is going to benefit anyone paying for their services. It is not going to sway me to open my wallet to pay for their smoke & mirrors.

May 29, 2018 08:25 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Hahah, their own representatives are going to screen?
Rene Descartes said: "Nothing can be proven by unproven principles."
How are unlicensed people going to screen real estate calls? 
Forgive my skepticism. Nah, don't. Sorry not sorry!  

May 29, 2018 08:29 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I gotta look into this Fred... I just read a scary millenium marketing report/survey this weekend that shows that 90% of milleniums think Z is a real estate company and the authority on listings.

May 29, 2018 08:22 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Sorry, as soon as I saw "quality" and "leads" in the same sentence my vision got blurry and I lost consciousness. 

May 29, 2018 03:02 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

They've been doing this for two years now.

May 29, 2018 09:42 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I think that's a terrible change!!! they may be eliminating a caller who could be closed by "a closer".... 

May 29, 2018 09:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've paid no attention to Zillow programs... in one way, my brokerage's agents are already "listed" as premiere agents for our own listings based on the contract we have with Zillow... but leads are few and far between and it's not how I generate leads.

May 29, 2018 09:02 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It is about time. It may eliminate casual clickers. My old brokerage hired a marketing guy to screen incoming calls and distribute to agents leads. He asked if everyone was going to pay cash or have a preapproved letter. Those not ready all said they will pay cash since they wanted to view these listings. The agents found out after showing many had no money. Long story short.. At sales meeting one agent said those five leads you gave me are NFG! You lied to me they are reliable!  At any rate, both were booted out of the office at the end of meeting.

May 29, 2018 03:58 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I get plenty of leads through Zillow.  Not by paying to be a Premiere agent, nor purchasing any zipcodes.

I make money through answering real-estate-related questions on their Q&A section, which generates leads, referrals and phone calls.  And I make money by entering all of my past sales, which pushes me toward the head of the list of "top agents in your area", when, as Fred points out, Zillow, as the source for real estate, consumers come searching for Realtors.

I can't recommend "not-paying-Zillow" highly enough.

May 29, 2018 01:34 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I think that people spend far too much time thinking about what Zillow does.

May 29, 2018 12:28 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I do not care what the dark side is offering. I will not drink their kool-aid & I'm surprised at you Fred.

May 29, 2018 11:24 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Don't pay for leads. Period, end of discussion.

May 29, 2018 10:14 AM
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Zillow is now buying and flipping homes.  I'm not giving them a dime.  I can spend my money marketing myself.  The ROI is much better for me.

May 29, 2018 09:22 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

When Zillow's concierge service picks up the lead for pre-screening, it mostly does not become a lead where I get a call. However, if I get in touch with the lead without them, I have the opportunity to WORK it. However, there are certain leads I'm not interested in, and I let it go to the concierge knowing full well that that's the end of it. Still, I wonder why that is. To answer your question, am I swayed by how they handle leads? All one can do is try it, if it works in your market, good and if not, move on.

May 29, 2018 09:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

It changes nothing for me, Fred! As for the Zceptionist...thanks but, no thanks!

May 29, 2018 09:20 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

No thoughts or comments regarding that company. 

May 29, 2018 03:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I am not a participant.

May 29, 2018 12:15 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

OMG!  They must be hiring psychics to do this.  In all the years I have answered phone calls, there have been many times when I have been surprised by those who did not seem to be a viable lead become listers, and buyers,  Will they also pre-qualify them?  How much will this cost an agent?

The last time I heard about this, they were charging $8000 to qualify luxury leads for an agent, and delivering someone ready willing and able to buy...A

May 29, 2018 11:50 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Seems, it may also lead the way to route it to the next Z... agent once they are in place. 

May 29, 2018 10:27 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I was a Zillow premier agent during the recession and they rewarded my loyalty by raising the price and then doubling it by adding a separate mobile program.  They then added trulia and up it went again.  They don't care about the agents that support them.

May 29, 2018 10:10 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin - status quo for me!

May 29, 2018 08:44 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

What next? You may need to be a member of everything to be recognized!

May 29, 2018 02:57 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Not for me , my sphere keeps me busy. I have  a profile on Z , but not interested in throwing my  ca$h away.

May 29, 2018 12:15 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its a business model enhancement to compliment their plan first and....then?

May 29, 2018 10:07 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't have any thoughts pro or con towards this proposal and doubt it will have much if any impact on me.

May 29, 2018 09:13 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

1. who cares

2.  I doubt it could possibly enhance the quality of leads, the leads are what they are period and a call screener cannot improve their quality. I cannot imagine Zillows minimum wage or off shore screener will be trained not to pass through whoever can fog a mirror to one of their paying agents.

3. don't see how it could possibly benefit, more likely aggravate.

4. big fat No.

May 31, 2018 05:51 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

they aren't even on my radar.

May 30, 2018 09:10 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I think Zillow will be taking order all our business soon.


May 30, 2018 05:32 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No opinion.

May 30, 2018 07:39 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It doesn't sway me to join the program.

May 30, 2018 07:33 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

And so what you are saying is ZPA Program will raise its prices? And the public never lies?


It makes no diff to us.

May 30, 2018 06:24 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

BVO has an account

May 30, 2018 06:03 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I find it hard to think they will be able to do this. They would need to hire people who are well experienced in it. It takes an agent years to learn and build this skill. They should be able to weed out those posing as buyers looking to sell me something and those looking to rent to own with no money quite easily though.

May 30, 2018 05:22 AM
Jeff Perlis Prime Properties
Prime Properties - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Experience Your Own Transformation!

No, no, no, no.

May 29, 2018 11:51 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  Still waiting to hear an answer from at least one agent I know who does well with Zillow, and recommends the site... 

May 29, 2018 10:45 AM