Can someone give me three things that Zillow does that people actually need?
I go to the Zillow site to see how much my house has gone down. That's free. If I want to buy a house, I go on Realtor.com and I can see everything there. If I want to go look at the house, I call the number on the realtor.com page, make an appt. and go see the house. What do I need Zillow for?
i bought my condo using redfin.. earned an extra 5k since redfin and you split the sellers commissions fee. hope redfin goes IPO one day.
but anyways.... back to your point. zillow is a social platform designed for what you just stated. everything in one convenient space. the idea is to make this experience easier and more transparent. but yes, you do have a point. zillow of course is trying to differentiate themselves into a much more useful experience for the user by buying these other platforms. but at the end of they have to prove this... i'm not a buyer of zillow right now. perhaps at $15 with a more favorable forward P/E and with a business model analysts can easily determine how they get revenue.