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Zillow Can't Smell the Cat

The Knell Group

Who Is The Knell Group? We are a TEAM of dedicated professionals with a diverse background and areas of expertise that combine to provide our clients ...

Who Is The Knell Group? We are a TEAM of dedicated professionals with a diverse background and areas of expertise that combine to provide our clients ...

Oct 19 4 minutes read

We won't try to deny it, Zillow has become synonymous with real estate. In fact, the keyword “Zillow” was actually searched more starting in 2016 than the keywords “Real Estate”. (source: Inman News) So as you can imagine, they’ve leveraged their position in the market to start creating a suite of products and services designed to streamline the entire real estate experience from beginning to end. .. but it's complicated, time consuming, stressful and expensive. The bottom line is customers use Zillow as their primary source of real estate information because they associate Zillow as the authority on real estate.  We aim to change that habit. We want to become the destination of choice by providing information that is more localized, more personalized and more valuable to the unique needs of our local customers.  

We are local agents who are uniquely positioned to provide the personalized service our clients need to achieve their real estate goals. Here are a few things to consider: 

1. "Zestimate" vs. Our Home Value

When you google search, "What is a Zestimate" you will read:  "Zillow's Zestimate is an estimate of value using a proprietary formula created by the online real estate database company. ... A Zestimate is calculated from physical attributes, tax records, and user submitted data" (source: google)

Something Zillow cannot do is evaluate the condition of your home and condition of homes around you. They cannot see the good and the bad like the quality craftsmanship, added amenities or the worn carpet, personalized wall colors and/or pet odors for example.  They also do not know the age of such important factors as roof, mechanicals etc. vs your competition. 

We are able to customize the data to offer you the most accurate comparables to determine your home value. Instead of a robot and an algorithm, we use our experience and up-to-date MLS data. We're humans so our home value reports are all researched thoroughly and made possible by years of experience and local expertise. 

2. Market Stats vs. Market Commentary

If you want information about home values, recently sold properties or generic market trends, you can just go to Zillow. But is that what you are really looking for?  

We’d argue that when someone asks the question “How’s the market?”, they are really asking “What’s happening in the market right now and why? And where is the market going?”.

Our team will discuss our current local market, trends and predictions with you. Better to be face to face or live with someone who lives here and is a local expert.

3. Self-Serve Search vs. Curated Searches

The big lie that we tell ourselves is that we want choice. We don’t. Too much choice creates anxiety and stress. 

We’ve moved from the age of information to the age of recommendations. Everything in our lives is served up to us in the form of a recommendation. 

The movies we watch. 

The products we buy. 

The food we eat. 

All specifically designed for our unique needs. So, why aren’t real estate agents recommending homes the same way to prospective customers?     

We CAN! The Knell Group is able to create curated, niche searches that fit a specific need and serve up those homes in a useful way. So instead of getting 10+ notifications of listings that do not fit your criteria we can tailor your notifications to make it relevant to you. Plus, with our new AI platform, the more you use our website, the more it learns your preferences and can adapt notifications as well. 

Reviews from Real Clients

Always Eager to Help Us

We recently relocated back to Illinois from Georgia. Amy Weaver was a great realtor for us. We were still living in Georgia while trying to purchase a home in Illinois. Amy was always eager to help us by answering questions or contacting companies for us. She was very prompt to respond to text messages. We will definitely be utilizing Amy's expertise if we ever buy or sell in the area.

Our Number One Pick

I have nothing but praise for Amy and her team at Knell Group. They were all very responsive, professional, knowledgeable, and excellent in every manner when we interacted with them. They are absolutely our number one pick if we ever need realtor assistance ever again!

Felt Supported, Not Pushed

Recently we drove across the country from California to return to our Midwest roots.  We were unsure of where we would end up, but decided to start in my home town.  Our California realtor thought Jenny would be a good fit to help us in our search.  And although we ultimately did not find the right house for us in the Peoria area, we can say that Jenny was wonderful.  She clearly understood the market, took time to understand what we needed in a home, and responded quickly to any and all emails and messages.  We felt supported, not pushed.  We have ties to Peoria and will recommend her without reservation in the future.

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