Maryland Blogger: Court rejects suit agains Zillow's Zestimate

Court rejects suit agains Zillow's Zestimate

Court rejects suit agains Zillow's Zestimate


A federal district court has dismissed a class action lawsuit that accused Zillow of deceptive business practices designed to mislead consumers with their Zestimate home valuation tool.

Click on the link below to read an article by Kenneth R. Harney, The Nation's Housing, in The Washington Post.


Judge dismisses class-action suit against Zillow’s Zestimate



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Comment balloon 22 commentsRoy Kelley • May 19 2018 04:31PM


Roy, thank you for the update.  It's always a challenge to explain to buyers why Zillow isn't always accurate.

Posted by Matthew Klinowski, PA, Golf Community Real Estate Specialist (Downing-Frye) 9 months ago

Figure that the court would do that even those it is not right.  A computer pulls the figures with out seeing the updats or the condition of the house.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 9 months ago

Consumers quote Zillow an may believe the "Zestimate", however, I have never heard that Zillow represented a buyer or seller.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) 9 months ago


Interesting news, and whatever the court says, I have seen many misleading zestimates.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 9 months ago

Maybe so Roy but in the court of public opinion they are guilty, guilty, guilty!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 9 months ago

    A Deep State judge (originally appointed by Bush II) dismisses a suit against Zillow.  No surprise there.

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) 9 months ago

Like Ron and Alexandra Seigel I have seen to many bad estimates on Zillow! I am disappointed but not surprised! 

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert 9 months ago

Zestimates are not the only false valuations anymore. Lots of others now. I found that if you add them all up, average them together you're still way off.  

Posted by Dan Tabit (Keller Williams Bellevue) 9 months ago

I vote with Debe Maxwell, CRS  on this one...they should be tried again in exaccly that court of public opinion !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 9 months ago

Thank you for sharing the information. I will read the article

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago

Good morning Roy.  Thanks for the link.  I will read it now and try to see if it makes sense.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 9 months ago

Roy, sad to hear this news, but hopefully the public sees a clearer vision that Z does not present the correct information.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 9 months ago

Roy Kelley - I couldn't read the link you provided because it wouldn't let me without paying for a subscription to the  Washington Post. However, I found the same article in geekwire. 

Thank you for the information. It is hard for independents to slay the giants isn't it! 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 9 months ago

Roy Kelley - Isn't it just wonderful that NAR raised annual dues for 2019 by $30.00...

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 9 months ago

Patricia Feager 

Thanks for telling be about the bad link. I will have to avoid using them.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago

Roy Kelley - I feel certain that if I was a paid subscriber, I wouldn't have gotten the message and the article would have been there. However, I was so curious about the topic, I just had to find a way to get the information from another source. 

I am grateful!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 9 months ago

Good afternoon Roy - I am really not surprised.  Some people believe what they want to believe.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 months ago

Disappointing outcome on this, Roy Kelley ... too many consumers take these "Zestimates" as gospel.  This judge's decision continues the challenges that agents face regarding this issue ...

Sound article by Ken Harney ... one of my favorite real estate writers ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) 9 months ago

I have heard from the mouths of Zillow execs that they make disclosures that their Zestimates can be 20% high to 20% low. If they disclose that, how can it be deceitful?

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 9 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

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