- [Seth] Hey there, how you doing today?
This is Seth from the REtipster blog.
Today, I'm going to show you, in just a few minutes,
how to take a property that you own and list it for sale
on this website here called Zillow.
I'm sure you're probably familiar with it.
The nice thing about Zillow is that
it's a huge name in the real estate world,
so if you can get it here on this site,
it's going to go a long way
in getting your property information out
in front of as many eyeballs as possible.
The great thing about it is it's free.
It doesn't cost anything.
If you've got a few minutes,
I'm going to show you the exact steps you have to go through
to get your property listed.
As you'll see, it's really pretty simple,
and it doesn't take a long time at all.
If you don't have a Zillow account, you'll have to go
and click up here where it says Join and create one.
But if you do have an account,
all you've got to do is click Sign in here
and enter in your typical information.
So I'll go ahead and do that.
Again, once you're signed in, it's a pretty easy,
flowing, naturally intuitive process.
All you have to do is start by entering in
the property address.
In my case, I've actually got a vacant land parcel
that I'm trying to sell in kind of a remote area,
and it doesn't even have an address.
All I'm going to do is start by
just putting in the street name,
because that's all I've got.
This is in a small town in Michigan called Baldwin.
Hit Michigan, zip code, and then I'm good to go.
Like I mentioned, this property does not have
an actual registered street address.
In cases like this, you do have to know
the parcel number.
Luckily, I do have that.
If you don't have it, it's pretty simple.
You just have to find it on your county assessor website,
or you can go ahead and give the county a call
and figure it out that way.
Once you've got that parcel number,
you just put it right in here.
Then, it's going to bring you to this page
where it shows a map of your property,
and that dot should be right over the property.
However, in this case, because there's no address,
the mapping system doesn't really have anything to go by.
The cool thing about Zillow is that if it's not right,
you can go ahead and click this thing here
and say, "No, let me change it."
Assuming you actually do know where it is,
you can zoom out with this map and then find it.
In this case, I do happen to know exactly where it's at,
so I'm going to go ahead and zoom in here.
The property is right about here.
So I'm going to click right there,
and then there we have it.
The dot shows pretty much exactly where that property is.
Once that's all set, we're going to click Save & Continue
and move on to the next step.
Then, you just start by entering in your price.
I'm going to put 9,900 bucks just as my starting point.
I did notice that Zillow offers the opportunity
to include a video walkthrough of the property.
If you click on this
it shows you more about how that works.
In my case, I've got an actual
YouTube video that I uploaded.
It's just a really quick, 30-second video.
I'm going to take that link and put it right here,
just because that's easier for now.
Assuming you've got some photos,
I've got a few set aside here that are ready to go,
you can just go ahead and drag them right into the browser
and do it like this.
Then, those will upload.
One thing you'll notice about these right here,
they're actually smaller resolution images,
so you'll see this little exclamation point
just letting you know that
they may not display quite as good,
because the resolution's not that great.
Assuming that's not an issue,
you just go on here and keep scrolling down.
For the lot size, this is a one-acre lot,
so I'll go ahead and click that and then do one acre.
If, for some reason, your property is smaller than one acre,
you would have to put in the square feet,
which is a little annoying.
I'm hoping they're going to
change that feature at some point.
It would just be a matter of going ahead and doing a
acres to square feet conversion.
You can do that simply by googling
'acres to square feet'.
Then, you get this little calculator right here.
It's pretty nice.
Say if this was 0.5 acres, right there you've got 21,780.
You would just take that number
and plop it right in here like that.
Again, given my situation, this is a one-acre parcel,
so I'm just going to do it this way.
For the property description,
you just go ahead and put it here.
If you had another website URL to put in here,
say if it was your selling website,
or a dedicated real estate agency,
or investor website where you have all your information,
you could put that here, as well.
I'll just put my blog URL here just for kicks.
Down here, you can put your primary phone number
so that people can contact you.
You just go ahead and do it like this.
Then, click this thing down here,
and say Post for sale by owner.
Then you can go ahead and view the listing.
Let's see what it looks like.
All right, as you can see,
this listing looks pretty much exactly the way it would
if a real estate agent listed it.
You've got the pictures here.
You've got a map.
If I did have a video uploaded through Zillow,
it would show up right here.
You can go ahead and scroll through here
and maximize some of the other images and see those.
It all looks really good.
Go ahead and close that.
As you scroll down here,
you can see the property description I put in there.
We can view this virtual tour,
and this was the YouTube link that I uploaded.
You can see the video, it's just that you have to
leave the site in order to see it.
Once that is done, I'm just going to pause that,
go back here.
You can see some of this information.
It may or may not be available or applicable,
but it's pretty hard to distinguish this
from what you would normally see with just
a standard MLS listing.
I think it's pretty cool.
I use it all the time.
It's pretty much a staple in my selling process,
because let's be honest.
If I don't take the time
to go through these motions and do this,
I'm just ignoring a huge, huge audience of people,
many of whom would gladly buy my property.
So it really is in my best interest to do this
and make sure all my properties
are listed here through Zillow.
With a price tag of free,
I think most people would agree
it's kind of hard to argue with that.
Anyway, that is how the
Zillow for sale by owner listing service works.
If you're not using it, you should be.
Be sure to check it out
next time you've got a property to sell
and get your property out for the masses to see.
Hopefully you found that helpful,
and I wish you all the best in getting your property sold.