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Meeting Zillow face to face

Geordy Rostad, SamDeBord, Geordie Romer & Sunnyview (left to right)

Geordy Rostad, SamDeBord, Geordie Romer & Sunnyview (left to right)

I was invited to join the team from Zillow for lunch on May 14, 2009.  I had no idea what to expect.  For the couple of weeks prior to lunch I wondered if I was the only one they invited or whether they had invited every real estate professional in the area they could get their hands on.  I had a suspicion they would invite Sam DeBord.  He is another agent who is extrememly active on the Zillow discussion forums.  I had assumed that is where they culled their guests from.  The surprise came when I showed up and met Geordie Romer in person.  He is not overly active on the discussion forums because Leavenworth, WA, his area of expertise, has no Zestimates yet even(At the meeting, it sounded like they were coming though).  Geordie had met Spencer Rascoff at a REBar meeting and had a bit of an idenity mixup.  Spencer had put us in contact because we both have a unique(so I thought) name and we both work at Windermere.  Lastly, but certainly not least, Zillow invited Sunnyview, a helpful non-professional Zillow user with over 7600 postings to date.  She does this purely for the love of real estate and helping people out.

Our meeting started with Spencer introducing us to at least 10 Zillow gurus who would soon be picking our brains for our perspective of Zillow.  He prefaced the meeting with, “we have no specific outline for this meeting”.  Nevertheless, I think it was a mutually beneficial meeting of the minds.  I gained a bit more insight about where Zillow is planning to end up and thought seriously about new ways to integrate their tools into my arsenal.  They gained some great suggestions from the four of us which I hope they implement soon.  (I understand if it takes a bit guys, the list was long)  The bonus was that I met several people face to face that I had cooresponded online with in the prior months.  This can be a rare opportunity nowadays.

Thanks for lunch!


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  1. May 22nd, 2009 at 21:03 | #1

    Geordy – It was great to meet you too. I really enjoyed the meeting and was surprised how quick it went. I was really impressed with Zillow’s focus on improving the experience for the consumer and their understanding that they need to prove their usefulness to their clients, the real estate agents who buy ads and participate in their forums.

  1. May 29th, 2009 at 15:52 | #1