Zillow Talk

  • by Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries
  • Narrated by Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries
  • 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? Will a house on Swamp Road sell for less than one on Gingerbread Lane? The fact is that the rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years. To understand real estate in our fast-paced, technology-driven world, we need to toss out all of the outdated truisms and embrace today's brand new information. But how?
Enter Zillow, the nation's #1 real estate website and mobile app. Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today's housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. In ZILLOW TALK, Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting and financing real estate. Listen to this book to find out why:

It's better to remodel your bathroom than your kitchen
Putting the word "cute" in your listing could cost you thousands of dollars
You shouldn't buy the worst house in the best neighborhood
You should never list your house for $444,000
You shouldn't list your house for sale before March Madness or after the Masters

Densely packed with entertaining anecdotes and invaluable how-to advice, ZILLOW TALK is poised to be the real estate almanac for the next generation.


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The authors of this book are the founders of zillow.com and spend the first chapters continually reminding you how smart they are and how much their website has changed the face of real estate in the U.S. I found my self saying things like, "Okay, we get it!"

The narration is done by the authors. Out of 250 Audible titles I've noticed that whenever an author or authors reads their own book, it is never as good as other books that hired professional narrators. This is no exception. The narration both narrators is halting. One of the narrators is particularly annoying because he speaks in 3 and 4 word bursts. Next time put the ego away and hire a pro.

Lastly, the authors write in such a way that you can tell they think they are being clever. In most cases it doesn't work. Example, instead of just calling the southwestern part of the country the southwest, they repeatedly call it the "wild west." It gets old after the third time, let alone the fifteenth. Another example is the use of the made up word, Gayghborhoods, to talk about how gays living in an area affect surrounding home values. Com'on guys, just give us the facts. Stop trying to be clever. Save it for bedtime stories for the children.

There were a few eye opening stats, such as, only 2 out of every 15 home owners deduct the interest on the mortgage of their home at tax time. Other than a few obscure facts though, the book doesn't offer much beyond obvious statements such as low income neighborhoods don't appreciate as fast as upper class ones. Well no kidding...

The book is just not worth a credit.

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- Marty

Not very informative for real estate professionals

I felt the whole book could have been summed up in a couple pages. Turing one fact into an entire chapter over and over again was tiring. It's not a bad listen for new home buyers but it's not worth while for real estate professionals.
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- Will

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio