Selling My House on Zillow Vs. An Investor

What is Zillow?

Zillow is a database company specialized in the real estate business. Mainly they sell memberships and information of homeowners and buyers to real estate agents. 

However, their activities cover the entire spectrum of the real estate industry. Within this range of functions, they also offer buying houses services in Oregon and across the nation.

What to Expect When You Sell Your Home to Zillow?

When you contact Zillow because you need to sell your house, among other things, you should expect:

  • Join their website, where you supply your information and the home information you want to sell; they will base you on a computerized program that evaluates your property and will send you an electronic proposal. In the majority of cases, Zillow’s evaluation goes under the real estate market value in your city.
  • You have three days to respond to the offer. If you respond, they will make an appointment to send one of their appraisal experts to visit your house. After the appraisal’s report, they will send you another modified proposal, up to 25% less than the price of the original offer.
  • If you still decide to accept the reduced proposal, the company won’t contact you for the next two weeks without any explanation. According to Zillow clients reviews, it is difficult to get a customer representative by telephone during that time.
  • At this moment in the process, a month went by after the initial contact. However, if you still need to sell your house, the closing process with them will take other

35 days. Which means over two months of waiting for Zillow to buy or find a buyer for your property. More time than you ever imagined.

  • You’ll have to compete with thousands of other local listings, most of which will be working with experienced professionals, which gives them an upper hand. So expect non-stop day and night realtor’s phone calls inquiring for your personal and property information.
  • Millions of people browse Zillow each month, but only a tiny sliver are motivated buyers. Without an agent screening inquiry on your behalf, expect to be fielding a ton of calls and emails from casual or unqualified parties.
  • Zillow uses your data to sell it to real estate companies and prospect buyer’s agents in its network. This means that if you are an FSBO, a buyer may find your house through Zillow; they’ll likely be using a realtor so that you could be on the hook for buyer’s agent commission.

The above bullet points comments are based on reviews that Zillow-affiliated customers, employees, and real estate agents posted on,,, and Reddit. 

Due to the coronavirus, the company temporarily suspended the purchase of houses, leaving many clients abandoned without completing their sale transactions, without prior notice. 

After months of having its clients without information about operations, Zillow restarted its business. 

We have received several telephone calls from people who claim to be upset about Zillow. They are Oregon homeowners asking for our help, because in their opinion, Zillow did not provide good customer service and ignored their needs of selling their properties.

They are confident and satisfied with our services because we offer a human to human contact.

What To Expect When You Sell Your House To Us

Better Off Home Buyers is a company created, developed, and run by a Portland family. We serve people who need to sell their homes in Oregon and other States of the US. We have helped hundreds of people who need to sell their properties due to diverse reasons. 

The pandemic has not been an obstacle to continue providing an excellent service to our clients.  Our clients state that they prefer our purchasing process over the Zillow process. Let’s compare

Here Is a List Of What A Homeowner Who Contacts Us Should Expect:

  • When a person submits their information by completing the form on this page or dialing our phone number directly, they are in contact with a person, not a robot.
  • We talk over the phone about the property you want to sell and make an appointment to visit your house in person. As we have said before, in this COVID-19 pandemic, we can use virtual technology to see your home remotely. Our Physical visit to your home will be when you indicate, and it will last 30 minutes or so.
  • Following our home buying criteria, we will present you with a written win-win offer. For us, a homeowner must get satisfied with selling his house to us because we have many references from satisfied clients.
  • At the moment you accept our offer, we will start the documentation to purchase your house. Our house buying process may take between 2 to 7 days. After that time, You will receive a check for the value of your property. 

In a real estate transaction, you must wait for the bank to qualify a borrower. We don’t depend on banks or lenders because we own the capital to purchase houses. This works in our client’s favor because it saves about 80% of the time process.

  • We buy directly. So our clients do business with the company owners, not with employees who need the authorization to make decisions or Zillow referred real estate agents hundreds of miles away.  


Selling a property, either your primary house, a rental home or an income-generating multi-family unit, should be an easy and hassle-free experience. Traditionally, people hire a real estate agent to conduct the sale. 

Other times they decide to affiliate with a referral real estate database company like Zillow, and in many cases, homeowners sell their houses by owner. However, the most proven and effective approach is contacting a professional real estate buying company like us. 

During the last two years,  the life of Americans has changed dramatically. We have had to adjust quickly to the imposed changes of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide, this adjustment has brought us many losses, losses of lives, and economic turmoil that doesn’t seem to end. And, of course, an uncertainty that we did not have before.

But adversities must be faced with courage. When you fall, you must get up and carry on. Our company, Better Off Home Buyers, extends a hand to help you in your economic recovery.

Our home buying process is simple and easy to understand. It can be summarized in four steps.

  1. Contact us and let us know about your property.
  2. If it meets our buying criteria, we’ll contact you to set up a quick appointment.
  3. We’ll present you w/ a fair written, no-obligation offer
  4. We close at a local reputable title company, cash in your hands in as little as seven days

If you have been affected by unemployment, loss of business, tenants who cannot pay the rent. Maybe you have applied for a mortgage forbearance plan or an extension of it, but still, you can not comply with your obligations, and as a result of all these inconveniences, you see yourself forced to sell your property. 

House Buying Company in Portland

Contact us. We can help you. 

Zillow is a website visited for millions every month, its main business is to sell real estate referrals. People who affiliate the page with the intention to sell a property, end with disappointment and months of wasting time. 

We are a local professional home buying company specialized in purchasing As-Is properties. People who contact us get 100% satisfaction, please click on the testimonial bottom.

If you need to sell your house Contac Us.


Hi, I'm Scott Dalinger a real estate investor in Portland, Oregon. I focus on helping homeowners and rental property owners out of negative situations by offering cash for their property. I research and write about real estate on my business website.

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