How Does An MLS Listing Affect My FSBO Listing on Zillow/Trulia?
The default behavior of Zillow.com (which owns and feeds into Trulia.com) is to override your FSBO listing with the MLS data.
Can I stop the MLS listing from overriding the Zillow FSBO listing?
Yes, but it is not recommended. When you are filling out the MLS listing forms on homecoin.com, the forms will ask if you want your MLS listing to syndicate to websites. By selecting "No", the MLS listing will not override your existing Zillow FSBO listing.
The main downside to selecting "No" to website syndication is that your listing will not appear on any websites, such as redfin, realtor.com, broker sites, etc (so you miss out on potential buyers). The secondary downside to keeping the Zillow FSBO listing is having real estate agents calling to solicit your listing.
In addition, Zillow has now changed the way they display FSBO listings, so they are not grouped together with MLS listings (see screenshot below) so they are not as easy to see (many buyers may overlook this option). Note that our phone number (888-400-2513) is setup so buyers and agents can speak with you instantly.
Can I still make changes only to my Zillow listing (e.g. add my contact info) even if the MLS listing overrides it?
For the most part, no, but depends on the MLS. For any of the large MLS', we no longer have the ability to edit the description directly on Zillow. For some smaller MLS', we may have the option, though it seems this is be phased out by Zillow as they transition to the broker feed for each MLS.
Why are my Zillow / Realtor.com buyer leads going to other real estate agents and not to the listing agent (homecoin.com)?
One way that Zillow / Realtor.com makes money is by selling leads to buyer agents. The fact they are selling these buyer leads is a point of contention within the real estate industry, as the listing agents believe the leads should go directly to the listing agent.
One of the arguments these websites make for selling the leads is this is how they can keep the website running. The fact remains that Zillow / Realtor.com / etc do sell the leads and there is nothing we can do to stop that.
As always, any buyers that contact homecoin.com directly will be forwarded to you via email and any buyers that call/text us, will be automatically provided your info.
How do I stop Zillow from displaying the Zestimate, also known as the auto valuation model (AVM)?
On most MLS listings, there is a field for "AVM" or "Auto Valuation Model". The field is for telling the MLS if you want to allow websites to display the computer generated estimate of the home value (AKA Zestimate on Zillow). The options are "Yes" or "No".
If you select "No" to the "AVM" field, then websites should not be displaying the home value estimate. Note that we cannot control whether or not websites display the value estimate. If you have selected "No" but are finding that Zillow is still displaying the value estimate (AKA Zestimate) then you should contact Zillow directly here