To further add to the Zillow controversy, I came across a post by Teresa Boardman on the St. Paul Real Estate Blog sharing an email conversation between a homeowner in California and David Gibbons from Zillow that will make many homeowners in America cringe. The home owner requested that their home be removed from Zillow.com and here is Zillow's response:
"We don't delete addresses from Zillow once we've collected the house's public record. Why? Well, you can think of Zillow as a national directory of homes -- we're committed to providing consumers with as complete a directory as possible. Thank you for claiming your house!"
Not only will your home's information become public on Zillow, but now your conversations and the comments of others may become public information as well. And there's nothing you can do about it.
Just think of the possibilities - Zillow is the new free Haines Directory; easier collection of data by mass marketers, local businesses, etc; more of your personal information on the web; comments left behind by angry neighbors, sellers, buyers, etc; and the list goes on...
Thank you Zillow for looking out for your own best interests rather than those of homeowners.