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, you’ll learn 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 request into Apipheny
  5. Run the Zillow API request in your Google Sheet

Step 1.) Install and open the Apipheny add-on for Google Sheets

Apipheny is an API connector for Google Sheets. You can use Apipheny to connect your Google Sheets to unlimited API data sources, make unlimited API requests, and more. There is a 30 day free trial included.

1.) Install Apipheny by opening the following link on desktop and then clicking the Install button in the Google Marketplace: https://apipheny.io/install

2.) After you’ve installed Apipheny, open a Google Sheet and then click on the Extensions dropdown in the menu at the top.

In the dropdown list you should see Apipheny. Click Apipheny then click Import API to open the Apipheny sidebar in your Google Sheet.

open apipheny

Tip: you can open a new Google Sheet by entering this URL in your browser: sheet.new

Step 2.) Obtain 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 signed up for a Zillow API account and verified your account, 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 API endpoint

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, FAQ sections, 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 the Zillow 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: https://bridgedataoutput.com/docs/platform/

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.

Step 4.) Enter the Zillow API request in 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, 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

If you use this same endpoint, make sure to replace your_zws_id with your ZWSID from Step 2 and user_screen_name with the screenname of the user whose reviews you would like to return.

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 get the Zillow API data 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}}}
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