As real estate markets nationwide stand on the brink of a monumental billion-dollar verdict, potential buyers and sellers of property can’t help but be nervous. The massive suit, Zillow Group, Inc versus the Justice Department, could have sweeping effects on the housing industry. The lawsuit is directly related to the ongoing disputes between Zillow Group and the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the impact of the company’s Zestimate tool on home prices. The Justice Department claims that the Zestimate algorithm has been designed to favor buyers at the expense of sellers, and has now sought to enforce an Anti-Trust violation. If the DOJ is successful in securing a billion-dollar verdict against the company, it could potentially mean the end of the Zestimate tool as we know it. In the short term, buyers and sellers have been put in a state of limbo as they wait to hear the outcome of the case. Will the Zestimate tool remain unaffected or will its accuracy be undermined by the verdict? What’s more, if the DOJ is successful in its suit, it could lead to a cascade of other lawsuits – buyers demanding more reliable information from sellers, and vice versa. Though the verdict could go either way, the DOJ has made their stance clear – they reject the idea that the Zestimate tool gives buyers an unfair advantage. By invoking its Anti-Trust policy, the department is sending a message that a company’s practice of providing inaccurate information to consumers must not be tolerated. For now, buyers and sellers across the country must wait to see how the billion-dollar verdict will affect their transactions. If the DOJ prevails, it could be a victory for home buyers and sellers, as they will truly be able to trust the information they are given. On the other hand, a victory for Zillow could mean continued uncertainty and invalidated information. No matter the outcome, both buyers and sellers must remain vigilant to ensure they are getting the most accurate and up-to-date information available. With a billion-dollar verdict on the horizon, it’s more important than ever to make sure all pieces of the real estate puzzle are in place before signing off on any transaction.