BlockShopper.com describes themselves as a website founded in 2006 in order to help current and aspiring homeowners and home buyers by providing them with “real intelligence” on local real estate.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, The goal of this website is to provide people with “market perspective,” including sale prices, owner records, foreclosures, comps and taxes, and more, all in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Francisco, and many others.
Specifically, BlockShopper.com says they are a local news and market data service which collects and shares data specifically intended to help home buyers and home sellers. This data is all collected from government sources and public records.
They also provide information about the neighborhood and community itself, but only news stories that have already been made publicly available – they do not publish “neighborhood gossip.”
If you are interested in buying a home in a specific area, they offer a home buyers section, which lists every home for sale in a town or neighborhood, not just the sellers who have paid listing fees. They also allow people to compare tax bills with prospective neighbors, verify the size of the house and lot, and look at recent sales.
This website promises that all their information is free to anyone who visits their website. Creating financial obstacles or otherwise to the information they provide would be going against their mission of making community information available to anyone who needs it.
Since this website does not charge anyone fees for the information they provide, they do not provide a Refund Policy. They do say, however, that they understand that at times the information provided in public records may not be correct, and people who identify incorrect information should contact them via email with an explanation and hopefully documentation backing up the correction they would like made.
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This company does have numerous negative reviews, almost all of which come back to a single issue: the fact that BlockShopper.com does not provide people with an “opt-out” feature if they wish to have their information not made public.
BlockShopper.com is very clear about why they do not offer this feature as one that is generally open to the public. They have published a statement about how transparency in real estate is an important tool to promoting community and to make sure that all people are treated equally in real estate transactions, and that certain members of the community are not paying an unequal share of real estate taxes.
They do say, however, that they provide a way for people who have a legitimate claim to keep their information private to remove their information from the website. This includes law enforcement employees, people with documented stalkers, or anyone else who can provide documentation that their safety is at risk if their home address is made public.
The problem is that some of the people making complaints are these very people, and they are saying that BlockShopper.com essentially refused to take their information down, even though they provided information proving why they needed their information to remain private.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many other websites that provide real estate information, as well as information about various communities, like property taxes, crime rates, and more, depending on what information you are interested in for any upcoming home purchases.
If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your BlockShopper.com reviews below.
3 ‘BlockShopper.com’ Reviews
They do not honor opt-outs from people who are concerned about privacy
I requested to have my information suppressed from their public search results for privacy reasons. Scarlett Simpson ([email protected]) responded, denying my request. There are many other companies out there that provide a similar service as blockshopper.com, and most of them are decent and reputable enough to honor your requests to have your information suppressed from their public search results. blockshopper.com apparently is not one of those decent and reputable companies. I would advise against doing any kind of business which such a company.
This company is truly horrific.
I keep to myself and keep my internet impact very low. There are very few results that return when you Google my name. Until Blockshopper. I was so happy to buy my very first home last year. However, Blockshopper decide to rain on that parade by taking my full name and posting it along with my full private home address on the internet.
Now, if a stranger or person with malicious intent decides to Google my name, they get my full address on a nice easy to find platter!
I have obviously emailed "Scarlett" (apparently a fake name, may not ever be a real person as all answers to my emails seems to be computer generated) and implored her to simply change my last name to my last initial so I could have SOME security in my home. Blockshopper claims that wanting to feel safe in your own home isn't a good enough reason to have your last name shortened on the website.
I even explained to her that my mentally ill mother (who has threatened to harm me and my property on multiple occasions) has recently Googled me and found out where I live. Wonderful! I have been HIDING from her for years, and now she knows exactly where I live - all thanks to Blockshopper.
This company does not care at ALL about the general population's safety and well-being. They refuse to do something that would take away nothing from the purpose of their site (change my last name to my initial, I told them I don't care if the price I paid is up, etc). They would rather maintain that their site is "legit" than be decent and show some concern for another human being.