This story from Curbed verbalizes a question I have been tossing around for some time – with the advent of GoogleBase, Zillow, Craigslist, Propsmart, opening MLS’s, how is one supposed to search them all? How about this? Edgio.com –
The way Edgeio works is that bloggers would post items they want to sell right on their blogs, tagging them with the word “listing” (and eventually other descriptive tags). Then, Edgeio will pluck them as it constantly crawls millions of blogs looking for the “listing” tag and index them on Edgeio.com.
Hmmmm … Google may or may not be the end-all-be-all after all.
This is a good article analyzing the potential impact of Zillow:
Zillow.com may have an impact on the real estate industry â€” but it will be a mixed bag for consumers. If anything, it may have the effect of dampening home prices somewhat by arming the buyer with more negotiating power to dicker for lower prices. But take the place of the realtor who is actively marketing the home? I don’t think so.
Aggregating and presenting data is but one aspect of a real estate transaction. While some may not need representation, the vast majority of consumers do.