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Why A Zestimate Is Not An Accurate Way To Estimate Your Home's Value

Zillow's Zestimate is simply an algorithm, that is only as accurate as the data behind it, meaning that it may be outdated or incorrect.

Zestimates should only be used as a broad guideline. It should not, in any way, be considered an appraisal.

A comparable market analysis from a local real estate agent and a professional appraisal of the home are the best ways to learn your home's true value.

Kate Hamlin

Kate is no stranger to change. She calls Austin home after living in the Midwest, the North, the Northwest, the Southeast & Europe over the last 20+ years. Using her blend of calm, educational & encouraging personality, she taps her knowledge from her own relocations, and her expert problem-solving skills honed during her time as a Building Systems Mechanical Engineer to best reach her client’s real estate goals.

   (512) 436-3030
 kate@katehamlin.com

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
I can't say enough good about Kate Hamlin! Kate was our agent a few months ago when we purchased our first home. As first-time home buyers, the process was intimidating and overwhelming. However, Kate led us through the entire process each step of the way. From mundane questions to big meetings, Kate was our advocate, our support, and ultimately, our trusted friend. My husband and I both work full time a...

— Annie D.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
My wife and I had to suddenly relocate to Austin as part of a job transfer. We were given 30 days in temporary housing but had to find a place to live fast. Kate provided us tools and suggestions to look at houses in the city before we even arrived, and when we showed up, she had everything planned out. She understood our urgency and met with us as often as possible to help us find a great home. She also...

— Ken H.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
From our first phone conversation, Kate made my husband and I feel at ease. We were moving to Austin after a sudden job transfer and knew nothing about the city or where we might want to live. Kate listened to our priorities and lined up an entire day of showings. The pressure of seeing so many homes at once and needing to make a quick decision could have been overwhelming, but Kate's sense of humor and ...

— Ciara H.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
We were paired with Kate through my company's relocation process and we could have not been luckier to have worked with her! She was thorough, patient, knowledgeable, and responsive (even when we lived in different time zones). We were first-time home buyers and moving into a city we did not know well. Kate helped to guide us through the process to find what was the best fit for us. We just recently clos...

— Zara M.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
When I hired Kate, I was looking to relocate one of my businesses to another area of our community. She went to work for me right away, in less than 24 hours she had over 20 listings that were within my criteria! I felt as though I was her only client and I know that is certainly not the case. Kate sees solutions and is not afraid to do whatever it takes to find the best solution possible for everyone. I...

— Emily P.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate was a dream to work with. We purchased our first home through Kate and could not have been happier. She made our search easy and was readily available to answer any questions we had. In addition, she has so many contacts in the industry, that she was able to set up our inspection and connect us with lenders. She guided us through the entire process and even pushed our lender to get all of our paperw...

— Chris M.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate is driven by her passion for helping people navigate the complex and often scary world of real estate. As a seller, Kate provided me with excellent advice on market readiness and how to properly price my house to sell. She was with me every step of the way, and I couldn't have been happier with the smoothness of the experience - which exceeded my every expectation. As a buyer, Kate helped me identif...

— David

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
My wife and I found Kate to be an excellent Real Estate Agent. Kate provided us with punctual service and was convenient to reach at all times. She was extremely patient while we dwindled down our options of choosing a home. We found her to be quite honest about each home and she highlighted negatives and positives to help us identify unique characters and problems for each home. My wife has said she app...

— Brett S.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Kate to find a home in Austin within a short period of time. Kate worked with us tirelessly to find the right place and made us feel as if we were her only client! She is incredibly professional and her understanding of the industry is extensive. Additionally, she is very personable and fun to work with, which made our experience looking for a home much more...

— Nathan L.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
I would recommend Kate as a Realtor® to anyone. I started working with Kate professionally in 2005 referring her business and my clients have thanked me as a result. Very good with communication and letting the client know what is going on throughout the entire home buying process. My wife and I used Kate in 2008 to sell our home at the time and to purchase our existing home and we received first-hand ex...

— Wesley F.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate is extremely knowledgeable about the local market and is seemingly always available for questions. She assisted us with not only the purchase of our home but also in securing multiple tenants in the property. We have purchased many residences and investment properties in multiple markets and our experience with Kate was the best of them all. I would recommend her without hesitation for any real esta...

— Art H.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate is an amazing agent. Her knowledge and resources helped tremendously in my home buying experience. I came into her office not expecting to buy a house in December and ended up closing in August (it would have gone more quickly had it not been for my pickiness). She listens closely and picks up on my preferences to help me find the perfect home for my needs. I highly recommend her.

— Buyer

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate is a hard-working agent who is honest and direct. She really goes the extra mile to make sure her clients get results. She is very knowledgeable about the housing market in Billings and the surrounding area and helps her clients to understand how they can get the best deal in buying a home or the maximum out of selling their home. She is great to work with, as well.

— Chris B.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate knows her stuff. She also goes out of her way to bring as much value to her work as possible (check out her blog, relocation business, and certs!) Not that knowing all the answers is everything, but I haven't seen many questions she at least wasn't familiar with. And she's not super-salesy, which I appreciate in anybody.

— Ray P.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate has a calming nature that anyone would appreciate in a Realtor®. She listens, engages, and educates everyone on our market, and asks us for feedback on ideas and concerns in our economy. I have enjoyed getting to know her in our Thursday Chamber group. She is energetic, passionate, and a wonderful friend and colleague.

— Sherlynn S.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate is a pro in every sense of the word. She knows the market, knows the city, and quickly gets to know her clients so she can help with exactly what is needed. We put our trust fully in Kate and she delivered! We’re thrilled with how smoothly the selling process went and know that is due to Kate’s expertise.

— Seller

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate is a true professional. I know and have done business with hundreds of agents, I am so glad I chose Kate to represent me. She was a true professional and exceeded my expectation. If you are considering another agent make sure you talk to Kate before making your final decision you will be so glad you did!

— Buyer | Seller

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
I have had the pleasure of working with Kate Hamlin on a professional level. She has not only shown her expertise in the real estate market, but her attention to detail leaves me at ease to know that she takes care of business. If you are in need of a great professional you can trust, you can trust Kate.

— Mechelany C.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
We have worked with Kate on three purchases and two sales. She is extremely knowledgeable, well connected, stays very aware and involved in the community, and goes above and beyond in every aspect and detail of the purchase or sale. I recommend her frequently to others.

— Gena G.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Kate is a personable Realtor® who provides expert advice with the highest integrity. I highly recommend homebuyers seek a professional Realtor® to contact her. You won't find better help with your real estate needs in Billings.

— Angela E.

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