Online real estate marketplace zillow.com is a free-to-list website currently ranked third in the Hitwise US real estate website rankings. It was founded in 2005 by Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink, both of whom previously worked for travel website expedia.com. zillow.com says it aims to be different from what it calls “read-only” real estate websites by allowing users to share information and engage in dialogue as well as browse listings.
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zillow.com was co-founded by website president Lloyd Frink and chairman/chief executive officer Rich Barton. Its offices are located in Seattle, Washington.
zillow.com was ranked third most visited US real estate website in the August 2010 Hitwise rankings.
The website reported 11.7 million unique visitors in July 2010 according to Omniture statistics, beating previous records by over 800,000 visitors.
All of United States.
zillow.com is a free-to-list website for agents and private sellers. The website creates revenue by charging listers to advertise with “Zillow Showcase Ads”. Advertisers can choose to appear on 25, 50, 75, or 100 percent of searches within a zip code.
The key sections of the website are:
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The key management are:
zillow.com was launched on February 8, 2006, and had its millionth visitor after only two days. Since then, it has added various features such as a home report email service, Zillow Mobile, the “Zestimate” home valuation function, Zillow Community, Walk Scores and schools data for listings, and a home Q&A section.
In August 2006, TIME Magazine named zillow.com one of its 50 Coolest Websites.
In 2007, zillow.com was named Outstanding Website in the real estate category of the Web Marketing Association's Web Awards. It was also a Gold Award winner in the W3 Awards, which honours creative excellence on the web.
In October 2008, zillow.com fired 25% of its workforce in an effort to cope with the effects of the economic downturn.
In Mach 2009, the website took down its “tell us it’s for sale” feature due to controversy relating to private listings.
In April 2009, zillow.com launched co-branded real estate websites with 180 newspapers nationwide in the US.
Press releases are available on the company’s website.
Further information can be found at the zillow.com blog.