Zillow Stole Money Nationwide
I am a real estate agent. Zillow contacted me, asking me if I would like to buy a territory.
I told the sales person I had SERIOUS doubts about if they could do what they claimed, and I wanted my wife's perspecitve, especially considering how much money they wanted. I hoped my wife would see an angle I was missing, if there was one. They offered to hold the order for me, until the next morning (they would be closed by the time my wife got home) if I gave them the credit card number. I said I would call them back, in the AM, regardless of how the conversation went, with my wife. While I was waiting for her to get home, I called every credible real estate agent I know. None of them had ever, or would ever, subscribe to Zillow, for various reasons, but no one had a horror story to tell me, either.
My wife and I decided against Zillow. She didn't want me to be a guinea pig (since we didn't know anyone who had ever fallen for their promises), and I didn't believe they could/would do what they promised.
I called, at the appointed hour, to cancel the order. They said they would give me a full refund, and it would process the next day.
They kept about $40, saying that my name, and contact information, had been exposed in the territory, between the time they agreed to hold the order (7PM Central), and the time I called them (8AM Central) to cancel. This, despite the fact that the only information they had on me was my phone number, and e-mail address. No picture, no biographical information, no demographical information, etc. Not even a company name.
Of course, they could provide no proof/statement/contact information, regarding the people who saw my ad, etc.
As a consumer, would YOU contact a real estate agent, if all you had was a name, and telephone number, from the internet?
As a real estate agent, would YOU want to pay for advertizing, which did not have your picture, or company name?
If you are a real estate agent, and you buy Zillow, you are making a mistake.