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Why Zillow Won’t Give you an Accurate Estimate of your Home’s Value in Utah

Have you ever wondered how much your Utah home is worth? If you have, you probably used the site Zillow to search for the value of your home. The thing is, sites like Zillow are often wrong. They have been known to price homes super high or super low.

Zestimates

Zillow uses an automated valuation model (AVM) to create it’s Zestimates. The AVM uses basic property characteristics, publicly available data, price trends and local market information to determine the value of homes. The AVM analyzes past comparable home sales and decides how much it thinks your home is worth.

So why are Zillow’s Utah estimates often inaccurate? Utah is a nondisclosure state, which means that only the listing price, not how much the home actually sold for, is available. Zillow doesn’t factor in property condition, capital improvements or other variables that are vital to determining a property’s value either. Zillow hasn’t seen inside the home. The AVM doesn’t know if the kitchen was recently renovated or if a pool was added in the back yard. It also doesn’t know about the mold in the basement or the hole in the roof. Do you see how this could be an issue?

Comparables

Another problem with Zillow’s AVM is that it doesn’t distinguish between types of sales. It doesn’t recognize or account for short sales or foreclosures. These homes often sell for less than they are actually worth. The AVM uses basic property characteristics such as square footage and number of bedrooms and bathrooms to find comparables, these types of sales can cause Zillow to value homes below their actual worth in Utah

Our website can give you a list of comparables and an estimate of your home’s value, the same product that Zillow offers. What sets us apart is that we are experts in pricing homes in Utah. We look at the past, present and future when pricing homes—something a computer simply can’t do.

The Expert Difference

We can provide you with the most accurate estimate possible of your Utah home’s value. We are humans that do this for a living, not an AVM that often uses inaccurate information to compile more inaccurate information. It’s simple, fast and easy. All you have to do is fill out the form on our website. We suggest that you snap a few pictures of your home and either email or text them to us. We will work with you to determine the value of your home. We will even come visit your home!

We are experts when it comes to buying and selling homes in Utah. Our team will walk you through the entire process. Whether you are buying or selling, you can count on our team to close your transaction as smoothly as possible. We are not in the business of just buying and selling real estate. Instead, we are in the business of understanding what your real estate dreams are and then working to make them happen. If you are buying, we listen to you and care about finding you the right home, your dream home. If you are selling a home, we work diligently to aggressively market your property and sell it as quickly as possible.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home, contact us today at (801)821-9401 or (801)821-9400.