35 Open Houses – Comparison of Open Lists on Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, GreenwichStreets.com and others.

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Open House List for Sunday 9/29/13

You can find the Interactive open house map here.

Address Town List Price Time Broker
1465 E Putnam #625 Old Greenwich $369K 2-4 PM Raveis
1 Douglas Drive Greenwich $649K 1-4 PM Berkshire Hathaway
61 Greenwich Hills #61 Greenwich $675K 2-4 PM Raveis
62 Valley Road Cos Cob $729K 1-3 PM Raveis
3 Green Lane Greenwich $749K 2-4 PM Berkshire Hathaway
35 Old Kings Hwy Old Greenwich $789K 1-3 PM Halstead Prop
32 Cliff Avenue Greenwich $799K 1-3 PM FF Rlty
70 Riverdale Avenue #701 Greenwich $869K 2-4 PM Coldwell Bnkr
51 Forest Avenue #2 Old Greenwich $885K 1-3 PM Raveis
40 Ettl Lane Greenwich $890K 1-3 PM Weichert
14 Licata Terrace Cos Cob $1.139M 2-4 PM Anderson Assoc
49 Indian Mill Road Cos Cob $1.295M 1-4 PM Raveis
28 Mianus View Terrace Cos Cob $1.495M 1-4 PM Weichert
25 Rustic View Greenwich $1.595M 2-4 PM Berkshire Hathaway
30 Stag Lane Greenwich $1.595M 1-4 PM Raveis
15 Linwood Avenue Riverside $1.599M 1-4 PM Weichert
43 Stag Lane Greenwich $1.785M 2-4 PM Sotheby’s
140 Shore Road Old Greenwich $1.87M 2-4 PM Raveis
11 Angus Lane Greenwich $2.195M 1-4 PM Raveis
47 N Stanwich Road Greenwich $2.299M 1-3 PM Raveis
15 Palmer Terrace Riverside $2.599M 1-3 PM Raveis
30 Sherwood Avenue Greenwich $2.85M 1-3 PM Berkshire Hathaway
48 Lockwood Avenue Old Greenwich $2.95M 3-5 PM Raveis
2 Buxton Road Riverside $2.95M 12-3 PM New England Land
3 Hearthstone Drive Riverside $3.125M 1-4 PM Shore & Cntry Prop
76 Cat Rock Road Cos Cob $3.195M 2-4 PM Coldwell Bnkr
21 Winthrop Drive Riverside $3.45M 1-4 PM New England Land
279 Stanwich Road Greenwich $3.495M 2-4 PM Sotheby’s
43 Sterling Road Greenwich $3.495M 2-4 PM Sotheby’s
16 Binney Lane Old Greenwich $3.745M 2-4 PM Raveis
70 Lower Cross Road Greenwich $3.8M 1-4 PM Higgins Grp
20 West End Avenue Old Greenwich $4.189M 2-4 PM Higgins Grp
11 Cove Road Old Greenwich $4.9M 1-4 PM Berkshire Hathaway
16 Dingletown Road Greenwich $5.095M 12-2 PM Ogilvy
229 Bedford Road Greenwich $7.495M 1-4 PM Raveis

Thanks to Rob Pulitano for preparing the list of open houses and the interactive map and Jared Randall for the hot links.

Comparison of Real Estate Website Open House Lists Completeness and Accuracy

 

– Trulia, Realtor.com, Zillow, GreenwichStreets et al

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People are still better than computers when it comes to putting together a list of all the open houses in Greenwich. Each week Rob Pulitano searches a variety of places to find all the open houses in Greenwich on any given Sunday.  The results for this Sunday are above.

Websites

No. of Open Houses

Out of Town

Wrong Date

Duplicate/No. Add

Total Error

Greenwich O.H.s

Percent of O.H.s

GreenwichStreets.com

35

0

35

100%

Greenwich MLS

27

1

1

26

74%

Realtor.com

36

15

15

21

60%

Zillow.com

19

1

1

18

51%

Greenwich Patch RE

10

0

10

29%

Trulia.com

12

1

1

2

10

29%

Greenwich Daily Voice

9

3

3

7

20%

OpenHouses.com

3

0

3

9%

HomeFinder.com

4

1

1

3

9%

The list Rob put together has 35 open houses, 9 more than are listed in the Greenwich MLS and appear on the map below from GMLS available only to Realtors.

GMLS Open House Map for Sunday 9/29/13

Realtor.com Open House List

Some agents will put a full page ad in the Greenwich Time and forget to put the open house listing in the Greenwich MLS which means it won’t appear on Realtor.com.

Even if they don’t get some of the listing Realtor.com still does better than other computer prepared listings for number of open house listings. You might expect it to have the same number of listings as the GMLS since as the official National Association of Realtor’s website all MLS listings can be automatically fed to Realtor.com. In fact, however, many aren’t, since the listing agent doesn’t check the IDX feed box on the listing input form or doesn’t check the show address box on the form.

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Now you might think that agents were withholding addresses to protect the homeowners privacy, particularly, with high end houses. Too often though the same house is dually listed on the Greater Fairfield County MLS but their the address is displayed. It’s simply that the GMLS default is not to display the address on the Internet while the CMLS default is to display the address. As a result Realtor.com has multiple duplicate open houses some with and some without addresses. Realtor.com also has a variety of GMLS only listing that show up on the open house list as “Address Not Available”. So you know the time for the open house just not where to go.

Realtor.com lists 36 open houses in Greenwich this Sunday, but they have by far the most duplicates and no addresses so a user will find only 21 usable open house listings.  Realtor.com does have a very handy feature at the top of their open house map; a series of boxes that let you refine the search.

Websites

No. of Open Houses

Out of Town

Wrong Date

Duplicate/No. Add

Total Error

Net Greenwich O.H.s

Percent of O.H.s

GreenwichStreets.com

35

0

35

100%

Greenwich MLS

27

1

1

26

74%

Realtor.com

36

15

15

21

60%

Zillow.com

19

1

1

18

51%

Greenwich Patch RE

10

0

10

29%

Trulia.com

12

1

1

2

10

29%

Greenwich Daily Voice

9

3

3

7

20%

OpenHouses.com

3

0

3

9%

HomeFinder.com

4

1

1

3

9%

Trulia and Zillow Open House Lists

Of the other two major sites, Zillow and Trulia, Zillow lists about half of the actual open houses and Trulia less than one-third of the open houses that we have today in Greenwich. Zillow, however, has the worst feature among all sites which is their prominently displayed “Zestimate”.

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Zillow Open House Map and List 1

Take a look at the first listing above for 44 Glenville Road, listed for $4.45MM with a Zestimate of $3.83MM. It’s low, but not outrageous like the second property at 20 West End Avenue. This house is listed for $4,189,000, but the Zestimate is $1.9MM. Clearly, it’s way off, but some people actually believe it. We had a Zillow representative make a presentation to the Berkshire Hathaway office and said that the awful estimates are useful tool for opening a dialogue with the customer. The problem is that people see the estimate and never even bother to call an agent, because they believe the Zestimate is right and don’t even call to find out how bad it is.

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Greenwich Patch, Greenwich Daily Voice, OpenHouses.com, and HomeFinder.com

All of these sites only have a few of the listings. Amazing that a site targeted to open houses such as OpenHouses.com doesn’t have many open houses, at least here in Greenwich.

If you know someone that wants to get the complete list of open houses every week, send us their email addresses and we will put them on the mailing list.

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