Home-price curiosity goes way back

Perspective: Remembering the old home-valuation days

In a 1925 New Yorker magazine short story, “A Certain Lady,” Dorothy Parker wrote: “…she may be found frequently inspecting and pricing Park Avenue apartments, and hopefully calling up real estate agents to inquire if the prices in that part of town have taken a change for the better since her last inquiry.”

Curiosity about home prices is not new, there are just more people curious today, as Zillow learned yesterday when its servers crashed trying to feed the mad rush to get home valuations.