PAULA'S SOUTHAMPTON BLOG: "MAKE ME MOVE"---Another way to get money out of your pocket!

"MAKE ME MOVE"---Another way to get money out of your pocket!

"MAKE ME MOVE"---Another way to get money out of your pocket!

This is Zillow's version of a "Pocket listing"

We really need to be aware of the “Make Me Move” price feature that Zillow has on their website; it is a direct connection for buyers and sellers to do a transaction without listing the property with a broker….This is a place where a seller can list their property and a buyer can go to look for properties without a licensed agent.

This is another sneaky way for Zillow to attempt to “put real estate brokerages out of business”, a stated goal made by the owners of Zillow as they entered the world of real estate several years back.

I was made aware of this link to Zillows "Direct FSBOs" by an article in Miller Samuels News Letter--written by Douglas Elliman's Accountant, Jonathan Miller, CPA.

He gave stats on the percentage of pocket listings sold in California:



When I saw this report I thought: "That's California; what the heck is the rest of the country looking like with pocket listings???"

Then I checked out the link below and was able to get a sense of the real damage that Zillow is doing to the whole industry. They did it by making a common thread of the idea that home owners don't want to work with real estate brokerages!! They have done this  throughout their history--from day one!!!

....And they got real estate agents to buy into it---literally!!! Liscensed real estate DEATH OF A SALESMANbrokerages are aiding and abetting their own demise!


What is Make Me Move?

Make Me Move is a free and easy way to tell others the price the seller would be willing to sell his/her home for, without actually putting it on the market or going through a brokerage. It's that number a buyer just can't refuse.

How Does It Work?

Once a seller sets a Make Me Move price, potential buyers can contact the owner via e-mail and their identity will remain anonymous. Then it's up to seller whether or not to sell his/her home. Below is the link to take you to the Make Me Move segment of Zillow--just click on it and you are there--no going through the main site:

Set a Make Me Move Price  

No, there is nothing to show to the rest of the public OR the real estate agents who pay thousands of dollars a month to show up on the site. You are paying for this ability to sell houses directly, without a liscensed real estate agent!!


Without you, this website (ZILLOW) could NOT remain open!! They would be out of business!!







                                     **ALL INFORMATION AND CONTENT IN THIS BLOG IS ORIGINAL TO PAULA I. HATHAWAY.  The views expressed herein are my personal views and do not reflect the views of Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995;  Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York

Diamond , Gold and Chairman's Circle Awards; Top Producer since 2005


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Comment balloon 2 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • April 29 2017 12:34AM


I agree with you on the point that real estate professionals who have bought into this are aiding and abetting their own demise!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 1 year ago

I see agents joining this circus all the time and i don't get it! Do they really think they will make money from Zillow?? Believe me, I gave them a shot in spite of all I know about them and wasted my money!! All I got were fake contacts, disrespectful customers who were very rude once they found out i was NOT the listing agent on a house they contacted me on and nothing in the end---NOTHING! 6 months later  was out about $3800!!! The word has to get out there--there are still die-hards who are using them---they just don't really keep track of the leads they are getting and if they did they would drop them immediately....

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 1 year ago