Hundreds of thousands of people go to Zillow and similar websites everyday to search for houses. Because Zillow gets all its information on homes for sale directly from the MLS (the same site used by Realtors), there’s no reason to think you need a Realtor to search for a home. Right?!
Zillow does download data for homes for sale directly from the MLS, and that’s great. But it doesn’t download regularly. A one, two, or even three-day lag time leaves sites like these notoriously unreliable for up-to-date information. That means when a homebuyer finds a steal online and calls their Round Table Realty Realtor, they often get the disappointing news that the home is already sold - it just hasn’t been updated on Zillow yet.