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The Zillow.com shake-down: Preparing for the denouement . . .

Via Matrix, The New York Times:

Zillow.com, the Web site that provides free home valuations, has been accused by a coalition of community activist groups of undervaluing the homes in black and Latino neighborhoods.

The headline of the story: “A Home Valuation Web Site Is Accused of Discrimination.” I said the headline would be “Computerized Redlining,” but this is The New York Times, the dignified hand-maiden of the left. In any case, the charges of racism will get more hysterical until Zillow.com either pays up or shuts this shake-down down.

But why is this article in the Times today, when this “news” broke last week? To soften Zillow.com up, to let them know what they’re in for if they resist.

If you want something to be frightened about on Halloween, here it is…

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  • 3 comments

    3 Comments so far

    1. Galen November 1st, 2006 5:50 pm

      I agree with your take on the story and I find it very hard to believe that Zillow as intentionally or inadvertently undervalued minority homes.

      That said, do you really think the New York Times should use words like “shakedown” or should they not report on news unless it’s only hours old? They’re notorious for holding stories picked up by other papers for a week or two and then printing them as if they were new. I sincerely doubt they do this for political reasons.

      “The dignified hand-maiden of the left?” Maybe, but not in this case. In this case they’re reporting the news – a nonprofit has accused Zillow of undervaluing homes. No evidence has been provided by the nonprofit. Zillow is disappointed that they were not contacted first. That’s the news. Shakedown is our shared opinion.

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    3. Gresham Real Estate December 18th, 2007 4:48 pm

      Me too. Zillow has a program(a non discrimination robot) that looks at home values in the general proximity of a home. I’m an immigrant to this country also, and I just have to say this is just too much.