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    “The Lake is Dry”

    I couldn’t resist checking in with the Lakeland Ledger (Fla.) this morning to see what the latest news would be on Scott Lake, the lake that started sinking last week. “The Lake is Dry” was the headline. Evidently, there are four ...

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    It’s Not Nice to Fool (With) Mother Nature

    Don’t you always envy the guy who has a house right on the water? You won’t envy him anymore. As a matter of fact, if I was the guy on the water, I’d be a little freaked out after reading a New York Times science section article that ...

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    Do Smarter People Pay More for Homes?

    A new study by Bizjournals.com names the “smartest” cities in the U.S. — with Seattle topping the list, followed by San Francisco and Austin.  The analysis is based on the educational level of adults in America’s 53 largest ...

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    Hey – this home sold last week!

    It’s been a while since we talked about data coverage. The whole team here has been working hard to keep adding more homes to our database, calculate more and better Zestimate values, and improve our latency with regards to the latest home transactions.

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    Uri Didn’t See This Coming — Elvis’ Home Gets Away

    As we posted here previously, the first home Elvis Presley ever owned was up for sale on eBay.  A couple of weeks ago, psychic Uri Geller and his business partners won the auction. Or, at least he thought he did. Now, Reuters reports that although Mr.

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    Feeling Sketchy?

    On the topic of Google’s tools, there’s a new one that’s useful in the real (estate) world: Sketchup, which was recently added to the Google stable. As the name suggests, Sketchup is a software drawing program that can be downloaded from ...

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    My “Other Browser” Window

    I’m getting ready to put my home on the market, so I’ve become more than just a theoretical user of Zillow and other real estate sites in the last few months. Of course, as an owner, I think my Zestimate is a bit low, but Zillow doesn’t know about ...

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    Power to the People!

    I wanted to chime in with a quick word about our advertising specifications, and how we think about advertising on our site. This is pretty far from a manifesto, but it does reflect the belief that relevant ads are useful and desirable content. As a ...

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    Famous Homes Mashup

    We’ve discovered a cool new site called Platial that allows people to easily create mashups on maps and share them with others. Once a map has been created, anyone who visits can add to it, creating a shared community map. I started one — ...

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    Home IN the Range

    We give our users a stack of information about a house. Getting it all into our databases is a huge challenge but making it fit onto your screen is equally difficult. The Zillow Design Team works on that piece and they’re experts in making ...