I am interested in getting aggregate dollar values for listings/sales on Zillow (for the whole country summed together, for example). Unfortunately, Zillow's data page seems to only show the "ZHVI", an index value, not a total dollar value. Is there any way to get the total dollar value?

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    $\begingroup$ This is not an economics question $\endgroup$
    – tohster
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 20:29
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    $\begingroup$ I disagree, estate data can be used for economic research. There has been a lot using house prices as collateral. However, for these very specific things, the open data stack exchange might be more useful. $\endgroup$
    – FooBar
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 20:49
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    $\begingroup$ @tohster You must be one of those "theoretical economists" who does not use data. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 21:39
  • $\begingroup$ @FooBar Housing prices are extremely relevant. But this is a question about how to extract data from a site. For example, I could ask "how to I get access to JSTOR in order to retrieve some economics papers". Yes, the end-result is economics-related, but the question is not. $\endgroup$
    – tohster
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 21:44
  • $\begingroup$ So you believe that asking how to program a Bellman iteration would be off topic on this site, too? Since it is not about economics, but rather about problems with a related tool? Anywho, this is not the place, meta would be. $\endgroup$
    – FooBar
    Commented Feb 15, 2015 at 22:21

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To answer your question of whether you can get a number for 'total home value,' the answer is no–at least not easily.

Zillow (somewhat) recently made available a data set similar to what you are searching for. I suspect, however, that they do not want the public to have access to aggregated value because it would showcase the volatility of Zillow home value estimates, i.e. their algorithm-based estimate fluctuates much more than the estimates coming out of research institutions, etc.

Sorry for the dissatisfying answer!


They now provide values in dollars for several metrics related to median home value. For example, a graph using the data at the state level:

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