Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Real estate listings on the Internet

Here in Canada we are subjected to an incredibly slow moving monopoly of real estate listings called the MLS.

Information is basic and not uniform. Often frustrating on its incompleteness.

Today we learn that a court challenge to the Toronto real estate board was refused due to a technicality. So the real estate boards stranglehold on real estate data is further lengthened.

Interestingly, I've also learned today that royal lepage and google are in a joint venture for a new website. I dared to visit the site wondering if some nugget of data might be on offer, but I was overwhelmingly disappointed. It's just a prettier version of MLS with a google map for finding schools and gas stations! Nothing more! All this and you only see royal lepage listings!

What an epic fail.

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