The Rise of Zillow and Death of the Real Estate Agent

Where are the most amazing lofts at the best prices? And how does it all work?  The answers to these all-important questions are changing every day as the pace of new technology accelerates. The L.A. Loft Blog is always among the first authoritative media to discuss the changes in the real estate industry, especially those rare, valuable and challenging insights that some prefer not to think about.

AirBNB is today's King of Real Estate
AirBNB is today’s King of Short Term Rental Real Estate

There’s more money than ever at stake in Downtown Los Angeles housing. The astute observers pay close attention while the movers and shakers benefit from these major changes in the housing market. Compare the number of Google searches of real estate, AirBNB and Zillow:

Homes now sell faster when the buyer’s agent receives less commission.  Yes, the property actually has fewer days on market and a quicker sale transaction when the buyer’s licensed real estate professional is offered less of the shared percentage, while homes are now really selling slower when that commission is higher.  This is one of several indicators that point to the fact that Zillow, Trulia and other major online real estate websites have home search functions that are diminishing the needs for a buyer’s agent. Zillow is blowing away real estate agents.  #airbnb #zillow #realestate

Nobody has really ever been particularly interested in real estate agents. They seem to show up sooner or later as the home buyers or sellers kind of know that they still need one to make sure that all of the buyers see all of the appropriate homes, and agents help negotiate the best price and terms, while helping take care of the massive stack of paperwork that is required in litigation-crazy California.

Just as it is clear the AirBNB is beginning to nibble at the hotel pie (average AirBNB stay is 4 days, compared to average hotel state of 2 days), Zillow is now slurping down huge pools of cash from what was once the grips of buyer’s agents. More than 20% of real estate investors are now seeking properties that can easily be rented out on AirBNB.  Most Downtown condo lofts are not efficient for AirBNB because of strict HOA homeowners rules that do not permit such short rentals.

There are some sectors of real estate that Zillow and Trulia do not compete well.  Those are the ultra-local, specialized markets like Downtown Los Angeles lofts such as historic Mills Act lofts with property tax benefits, L.A. Adaptive Re-Use Ordinance buildings with lofts for lease, 2-story lofts, live/work lofts and industrial buildings.

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Zillow overtakes Real Estate industry
Zillow overtakes Real Estate industry

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