Advice · Q and A

Q&A: The Great Zillow Debate


Q: “Why can’t I use Zillow to look for home listings? How is it any different from the website you send me to?”

A: When a lot of my clients start their home search, they like to send me listings directly from Zillow. Unfortunately, they usually end up disappointed when they find out that the home advertised as active on Zillow actually went into contract last week.

One of the first things I do for interested buyers is set them up on a search in the Columbus & Central Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service (MLS). MLS is a live listing service where all of the listings in Central Ohio are maintained by the agents who represent those sellers.

Zillow and similar websites take several days to update their information. I’ve even had clients who have shown me homes that closed several years ago but are still showing up as active on Zillow.

What you see on MLS is correct 9 times out of 10 (and the 1 time it’s not, it’s because an agent accidentally forgot to update their listing), which means you spend less time looking at houses that aren’t available and more time finding the perfect home for your family.

[If you’re looking for a home in Central Ohio and are interested in setting up a search on MLS, feel free to send me an email or give me a call at (937) 597-0119.]


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