Non-Disclosure, misrepresentation and other real estate misadventures

Our local news/entertainment magazine had a heartwarming story about Zillow and their “Make Me Move” feature. Some guy was able to sell his house for significantly more than it was worth. Capitol Hill Triangle seems to think it was poor form not to disclose that the seller was an ex-Zillow employee. And the new owner may be having buyers remorse, as it’s now on the market for $15K more than they paid for it. $15K won’t even cover closing costs in our state :(

Galen Ward is my new hero for publicizing the fact that Trulia blocks Google from following their links.

Ben Kakimoto discovers a competitor is conducting a deceptive Google Adwords campaign by buying Google Adwords with his name as the keyword search term as well as the title of the ads themselves.

The Seattle Times reports that the live-in manager of a fancy Queen Anne condominium building with multimillion-dollar views has been accused of stealing from her well-to-do neighbors.

Redfin announced that it was showing ALL the houses for sale, including FSBO’s and foreclosures. According to the site, Seattle, a city of over 500,000 people, has only 23 foreclosures. Either we have the smallest foreclosure rate in the nation or that site has a way to go before being complete. Plus, there seems to be some debate as to whether or not mixing up these listings on the same website with an MLS/IDX feed is even legal.

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