How accurate do people find Zoopla?

(50 Posts)
zooplahoopla Mon 18-Apr-11 09:39:33

We had a low offer on our house (about 60% of asking price) and the offerees made reference to the Zoopla estimate.

I was quite shocked to see that the Zoopla estimate was about 70% of our asking price which we had quite carefully considered and which was the mid-valuation of 3 local EA's confused

I've randomly compared a few local properties on Rightmove and some seem accurate, others way off. Anyone else had any similar experience? Or it is usually a bit more accurate?

NoelEdmondshair Mon 18-Apr-11 09:56:12

Well if Zoopla is accurate we have just paid nearly £100,000 too much for our new house!

microserf Mon 18-Apr-11 10:05:19

and we paid 75k too much. and the people who offered on the property down the road paid 90k too much.

zooplahoopla Mon 18-Apr-11 10:08:47

Glad it's not just me who finds it wildly inaccurate then grin

A local 5 storey Grade 2 listed Georgian townhouse (admittedly in some state of disrepair, but not derelict) is valued at 60k, whereas the place next door to it is £1.3m! Crazy....

Zoopla undervalued my flat to the tune of £50k so I wouldn't pay too much attention to it. If your buyers are looking at actual sold prices, then that's one thing but Zoopla estimates are frankly rubbish. I would have thought your EA would tell your buyers that to be honest

zooplahoopla Mon 18-Apr-11 10:14:39

The EA's were v quick to point that out to offerees I think (we rejected their offer not surprisingly!)

And Zoopla itself seems to say that to get a more accurate valuation, a local EA should be instructed.

Nothing's sold on our street for over 3 years (think it's more like 5 years) so there won't be much up to date info on actual sold prices.

Anyway, thanks everyone for putting my mind at rest about Zoopla!

AurraSing Mon 18-Apr-11 10:17:11

I'm sure zoopla just take the last selling price of a property and multiply it by the average house increase since. They don't take into account improvements (to the house or the area) or whether the previous buyers paid over/under the odds for the house in the first place. I live in a row of identical houses and zoopla value them all very differently. I can't believe the shrubs in the garden 3 doors down add £50k to it's value. If it does I'm off to the garden centre this afternoon!

Ciske Mon 18-Apr-11 10:19:11

Zoopla might be right if all the properties in the street are the same size and type, but that's normally not the case. Our street is a combination of large and small flats, plus some houses and then in close proximity we also have some bigger 4 bedroom houses with gardens. Some of the properties face into a busy shopping street, others are in quiet cul-de-sacs or close to a park. As a result the suggested Zoopla is all over the place, it means nothing.

Fizzylemonade Mon 18-Apr-11 10:55:16

My house on zoopla (we bought it 13 months ago) values it at £8k less than I paid for it.

We have converted the double garages into a playroom with storage!

Doesn't take that into account!

Plus in the next 2 years we will be extending the kitchen, it also won't take that into consideration.

The house we sold we gutted from top to bottom, new bathrooms (got rid of the pink ones with gold taps) new kitchen, new boiler etc etc but zoopla doesn't know all this took place which is why an estate agent values the place your selling.

Maybe you could point this out to your buyers grin

NoseyNooNoo Mon 18-Apr-11 11:32:49

Our house that we bought last year was valued at about £175k less on Zoopla than what we paid for it. This is based I suspect on our post code only having 6 houses on it, of which only 2 have sold in the last 15 years and those happen to be the 2 bungalows. The other 4 houses including ours are 4 bedroom detached houses but Zoopla didn't seem to take that into account.

LawrenceatZoopla Mon 18-Apr-11 12:34:40

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narmada Mon 18-Apr-11 13:47:24

Hmm, think mumsnet might not be keen on you posting, Lawrence, but I could be wrong.

That said, I actually find zoopla quite accurate for our area of SW London, and I like that it considers square meterage as one of the factors influencing price - too many EAs and sellers are totally blind to the impact of square meterage on value, IMHO!

noddyholder Mon 18-Apr-11 13:48:36

Completely inaccurate. I develop property and am always checking and comparing prices and valuations and it has NEVER been right or anywhere near

zooplahoopla Mon 18-Apr-11 14:18:47

Thanks for regurgitating what it says on the website the info Lawence.

Even if I complete the additional info to make the estimation "more accurate" it's still waaayyyy off the 3 local Estate Agents valuation.

Just seems like it's a waste of everyone's time for these estimations to be generated. DH thought the shockingly low valuation was close to being defamatory grin

narmada Mon 18-Apr-11 15:11:39

I still contend it's fairly accurate around here - or at least, it is if you're trying to work out the value of, say, a standard 30s semi. Less accurate on something like our current rental property, which is a tiny cottage in a private estate full of mega-mansions.

NoelEdmondshair Mon 18-Apr-11 16:29:17

Oh, Lawrence - you're info is so inaccurate that you've got my new house listed as a detached when it most definitely has another house attached to it and has done for the past hundred years smile

NoelEdmondshair Mon 18-Apr-11 16:30:07

*your blush

AnnoyingOrange Mon 18-Apr-11 16:34:31

I have found it to be way off reality in my area, I think because of the mix of housing and fairly infrequent sales.

ChippingInLovesEasterEggs Mon 18-Apr-11 16:39:37

Hi Lawrence

Narmada - I have no idea why you'd think that - it's not like Lawrence started a thread advertising Zoopla!

It's way off in my area too, but the 'sold prices' is great grin

narmada Mon 18-Apr-11 17:11:29

My understanding was that mumsnet do not like people posting about commercial ventures on chat boads, regardless of who started the thread. I started a thread a while ago which mentioned several products; the producer of said product replied and their comment was duly removed by MNHQ. It was about formula milk though so maybe that was an added impetus given the various codes of conduct on formula advertising.

narmada Mon 18-Apr-11 17:12:55

PS chipping, no need to be so snippy.

thomasbodley Mon 18-Apr-11 17:15:08

it's still waaayyyy off the 3 local Estate Agents valuation.

Estate agents' valuations are about as accurate as Zoopla's. The last time I sold, we asked 5 agents and there was £200k between the lowest and the highest valuation.

Interestingly (perhaps this is the 'wisdom of crowds') the actual price we achieved was almost bang on the mean average of the five guesses valuations.

Collaborate Mon 18-Apr-11 17:19:14

Zoopla's crap. End of. As much use as a chocolate tea pot.

ChippingInLovesEasterEggs Mon 18-Apr-11 17:21:57

Narmada - there wasn't anything snippy about what I said.

zooplahoopla Mon 18-Apr-11 18:15:32

I know all valuations are guesswork but at least the EA's take the time to actually look around your property and have some experience of the local market rather than just applying some blanket random, unexplained formula without any thought process.

Until I'd actually looked at the site (and got the opinions of other wise MNers!) I'd assumed it was some relatively accurate tool. But if it's well known that it's pretty useless, I won't be put out by people quoting it wink

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