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How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? Will a house on Swamp Road sell for less than one on Gingerbread Lane? The fact is that the rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years. To understand real estate in our fast-paced, technology-driven world, we need to toss out all of the outdated truisms and embrace today's brand new information. But how?
Enter Zillow, the nation's #1 real estate website and mobile app. Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today's housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. In ZILLOW TALK, Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting and financing real estate. Read this book to find out why:
-It's better to remodel your bathroom than your kitchen
-Putting the word "cute" in your listing could cost you thousands of dollars
-You shouldn't buy the worst house in the best neighborhood
-You should never list your house for $444,000
-You shouldn't list your house for sale before March Madness or after the Masters
Densely packed with entertaining anecdotes and invaluable how-to advice, ZILLOW TALK is poised to be the real estate almanac for the next generation.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-02-02
- Reviewer: Staff
With an iconoclastic ebullience reminiscent of Freakonomics, Rascoff and Humphries, respectively CEO and chief economist of Zillow.com, exploit the online giant's massive database and sophisticated analytics to debunk conventional real estate wisdom. According to them, no, you shouldn't buy the worst house in the best neighborhood ("It's the worst house for a reason"), but you might want to buy the worst house in the hottest neighborhood, if your timing is impeccable (and these clever guys tell you how to predict the hot spots). To afford a good school district, look in the modest neighborhood bordering the affluent one. And beware: foreclosures are often not the bargains they once were. Another piece of advice from Rascoff and Humphries: avoid "unique" as an ad description like the plague—your beloved abode may "sell for as much as 30 to 50 percent less than expected!" This entertaining, quick read is not so much a how-to guide as a grab bag of surprising but useful real estate facts. It won't lead you step by step through the process of buying or selling a home, but its intelligent and clever analysis of various facets of the market will challenge and enlighten both professionals and those of us who just need a place to live. (Jan.)