Prominent Real Estate Website to Feature Real Estate Agent Ratings

2 Dec

The website Zillow: www.zillow.com has been increasing in popularity and prominence over the last few years.  The website is perhaps best known for providing purported home values based on information that they compile.  While they have drawn criticism regarding how accurate this valuation information may be in various markets, they are now expanding their service offerings. Zillow is now going to feature ratings of real estate agents as part of its site.  More information as to the process by which they intend to do that can be found here.  This appears to be part of a trend of rating professionals, as lawyers have seen a similar idea played out with the website Avvo.  As the dominance of the Internet as an information medium continues to grow, communication amongst consumers regarding products and services will likely continue to increase, including now with people rating their real estate agents.  Real estate agents should be aware that this exists in order to ensure that there are no false or misleading ratings or comments about their services that need to be addressed.  If you are interested in trying to use Zillow, that information can be found here.

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This blog entry is written by Chris Renz and Brad Boyd, shareholders at Thomsen Nybeck. Chris practices in the litigation area of the firm with primary focus on wind energy-related lease litigation, real estate litigation, employment litigation, townhome and condominium law, and criminal law, particularly as the prosecutor for the Metropolitan Airports Commission.  Brad is the chair of the firm’s Transactional Group, and his practice focuses primarily in Real Estate, Real Estate Brokerage, Business and Corporate law, and Wind Energy Law.  Brad provides legal advice, guidance, and representation related to risk management in a wide variety of real estate and business law matters.

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