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    How do you Zillow?

    We’ve heard a lot of cool ways people are using Zillow lately.  Some we anticipated, some surprise us, and some just make us chuckle.  Here are a few interesting ones found via a quick search on craigslist: A seller of a South End condo in Boston ...

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    Found in Translation

    My husband has a saying he uses whenever I start talking about blowing a ton of money on things like a home on the water, or a big sailboat. “We’re just ordinary people,” he’ll say, and that’s that. No waterfront home or ...

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    Putting a Face on Advertising

    Last week, my wife and I lined up a babysitter and we went to a great bookstore a couple blocks from our office here in Seattle to hear Liz Gilbert do a reading from her latest book, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Liz is friend of my brother, Pat.  It ...

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    Exposed: Advanced Search

    Zillow has a cool enhanced search feature that we’re hearing is a bit difficult to find. On Zillow’s home page, within the search box, is an “Advanced Search” link. It’s also located on the Maps & Search page — just to the right of the ...

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    Not Designing Like It’s 1999

    Nine months ago, when I first interviewed at Zillow for a position on the design team, I was asked how to design a site so that it is lightweight and loved by search engines.  I remember getting on my miniature-sized, but sturdy, rock star pink soap box ...

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    Having Trouble Using Zillow.com?

    Zillow’s search and maps functionality is based on some of the latest and greatest web technologies (AJAX, Flash, XSL transformations, and more).  While we work hard to make everything work perfectly for every user, we know that some of you are ...

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    Fantasy House Shopping on Zillow

    There are lots of cool things you can do on Zillow.com. Of course if you’re in the market for a house, using Zillow as a research tool to help determine what you should pay is a no-brainer. Likewise, if you’re selling your house, you should ...

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    Cramping Everyone’s Style

    When you commit to working at a startup, you sign up for long hours, often lower pay and the possibility of being shoehorned into cramped working conditions. At Zillow, we currently have 75 folks working in a space suited for 45. Let’s put it this way ...

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    We Blog… We Read…And We Do Listen

    This morning I went to a panel discussion here in Seattle about corporate blogging and how businesses can use blogs as a conduit for two-way conversations with their customers.  Among the panelists were Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, co-authors of Naked ...