How to extract data from Zillow and import it into Google Sheets using the Zillow API

Zillow is one of the biggest real estate databases in the world. Keep reading to learn how to import Zillow data into Google Sheets, the easy way.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to connect the Zillow API to Google Sheets in 5 steps:

  1. Install the Apipheny Add-on
  2. Obtain a Zillow Web Services Identification
  3. Choose your Zillow API Endpoint
  4. Enter Zillow API URL Request into Apipheny
  5. Run the Zillow API Request in your Google Sheet

Step 1.) Install and open the Apipheny Add-on in Google Sheets

To pull data from the Zillow API to Google Sheets easily and without writing any code, first install and open the Apipheny Google Sheets add-on.

Apipheny is a no-code API integrator for Google Sheets that you can use to make unlimited API requests, connect to unlimited APIs (including the Zillow API), save API requests, schedule API requests, and more. Click here if you want to learn more about Apipheny.

1. Install Apipheny by clicking the Install button on this page.

Install Apipheny add-on
Install Apipheny add-on

2. After you’ve installed Apipheny, open a Google Sheet and then click on the Add-Ons option in the menu at the top. In the add-ons menu, you should see Apipheny.

Click Apipheny > Import API to open the Apipheny sidebar in your Google Sheets:

Open Apipheny add-on
Open Apipheny add-on

Step 2.) Obtaining the Zillow Web Services Identification

To get started with the Zillow API, you’ll first want to sign up for a Zillow account or log in if you already have an account.

After you’re logged in to your Zillow account, register for a Zillow API account here: https://www.zillow.com/webservice/Registration.htm

After you’ve sign’ed up for a Zillow API account and confirmed it, you’ll receive an email containing your Zillow Web Services Identification (ZWSID):

Zillow Web Services Identification (ZWSID)
Zillow Web Services Identification (ZWSID)

Step 3.) Choose your Zillow Endpoint URL

In this section, we’ll show you how to browse the Zillow API documentation to find an API URL that retrieves the information you need from Zillow and imports it into your Google Sheet. If you already know your Zillow API URL, or you want to use the same example URL as us, just skip to Step 4.

First, open the Zillow API documentation page: https://www.zillow.com/howto/api/APIOverview.htm

The menu on the left contains Overview, Neighborhood Boundaries, Branding, Terms Of Use, FAQsections, and the Reviews API:

Zillow API Documentation
Zillow API Documentation

If you click on the Reviews item, a page containing the Reviews API documentation will be displayed:

Zillow Reviews API
Zillow Reviews API

In the Branding section, you can find the rest of the available APIs, such as GetZestimate, GetUpdatedPropertyDetails, and GetDeepComps:

Zillow API Branding Section
Zillow API Branding Section

To view details about these APIs you must access the link at https://www.zillow.com/howto/api/<api_name>.htm , but replace <api_name> with the name of the API you want to access.

For example, let’s take GetSearchResults API. The link you must access is  https://www.zillow.com/howto/api/GetSearchResults.htm:

Zillow GetSearchResults API
Zillow GetSearchResults API

Some of these APIs are hosted on a Bridge Interactive partner site. An example is the GetZestimate API. To access its documentation, click the documentation and API explorer link on that site:

Zillow Brudge API documentation and API Explorer
Zillow Brudge API documentation and API Explorer

In the RESO Web API section, you will find the Zestimates API documentation.

The documentation for this APIs’ endpoints contains the HTTP method used (GET) and the link you should append to the root API URL for querying this endpoint (/zestimates), a short description of the endpoint’s purpose, and a description of the available parameters:

Zillow Bridge API Zestimates Page
Zillow Bridge API – Zestimates Page

All API calls to Zillow APIs through Bridge Interactive should be made to the https://api.bridgedataoutput.com/api/v2/ base domain. All endpoints should be appended to this domain.

Zillow API base domain/root URL:
https://api.bridgedataoutput.com/api/v2/

Step 4.) Enter the Zillow API URL Into Apipheny

Now for the last step, go back to your Google Sheet and make sure that the Apipheny add-on is open with the “Import” tab open.

With the Import Tab open, enter these details into the add-on:

Method: At the top of the Apipheny sidebar, select the HTTP method (GET or POST) as required by your API endpoint. For this example, we are using the GET method.

API URL: In Step 3, we explained how you can find the Zillow REST API endpoint that you need. Now copy the complete URL into the Apipheny add-on, where it says API URL Path (JSON / CSV), followed by any GET parameters required for your query.

For this example, we are using the Reviews endpoint, to get a specific user’ reviews. The corresponding URL for this endpoint is:

http://www.zillow.com/webservice/ProReviews.htm?output=json&zws-id=<your_zws_id>&screenname=<user_screen_name>    

For this endpoint, <your_zws_id> is your ZWSID from Step 2 and <user_screen_name> is the screenname of the user whose reviews you would like to return. When entering these values, do not include the carrots “<>”.

Headers aren’t required for this API request, so you can leave that section blank in the Apipheny add-on.

Apipheny add-on with the Zillow API request entered
Apipheny add-on with the Zillow API request entered

Step 5.) Run the Zillow API Request

Finally, to call the Zillow API in your Google Sheet, just click the Run button at the bottom of the Apipheny add-on and then wait for the Zillow API data to be imported into your Google Sheet:

Zillow API data in Google Sheets using the Apipheny add-on
Zillow API data in Google Sheets using the Apipheny add-on

After making a successful request to the Zillow API, try querying a different Zillow API endpoint, or try using one of the more advanced features in the Apipheny add-on, such as:

  • Save and schedule your Zillow API request
  • Make a POST request to the Zillow API (if available)
  • Use the custom =APIPHENY() function to call the Zillow API request inside your spreadsheet
  • Create a Zillow API request by referencing the value of a cell in the API URL with three curly braces eg. {{{Sheet1!A1}}}

If you want to integrate Zillow with Google Data Studio, just follow the same steps above and then connect your Google Sheet to your Google Data Studio report.

Apipheny Google Sheets API add-on

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