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Goodbye MLS.ca, Hello Realtor.ca

Posted by Andrew / July 4, 2008

realtor.ca screenshot 590.jpgRealtor.ca has finally launched and soon the much loathed MLS.ca will finally be put out of its misery. The recent shut down of the popular Housing123 caused quite a stir and reignited the debate over not just the fact that there is are lack of a quality website for viewing properties in this country, but also the Real Estate Industry's handling of the information itself.

The real estate industry in Canada is in some ways unique in that it has managed to avoid to this point what just about every other knowledge-based industry has faced since the invention of the Internet: the mass dissemination of its most precious resource-information. Specifically, they have consistently shut down any attempt that has been made to open up the central MLS database that contains all the information about properties sold and those currently for sale.

One of the main reasons why these 'rogue' sites keep popping up is that MLS.ca is pretty terrible and has been basically unchanged over the last several years. MLS.ca completely missed the whole web 2.0 party and many entrepreneurs and programmer types couldn't take it any longer. But with each new site that emerged, CREA was right behind them to shut them down.

The new Realtor.ca is a great improvement over MLS.ca simply because it has added mapping functionality that has been around on other sites for about 5 years or so. The ability to click and drag the map, as well as switch between map and aerial view are nice touches. Being able to change search criteria in real time without have to click the 'back' button is great too.

Once you see a listing you like and you click on it for more information, several short comings of the site quickly reveal themselves. Photo size and quality are the same as the previous version of MLS.ca, and you have to click the 'back' button to re-enter the map and select a different property. Also, information on a given property is still limited to the MLS.ca fields of the past. Many data fields that Realtors have access to, consumers still do not.

Consumers still have a long way to go before there is a clean, transparent system for accessing real estate listings in Canada. It might never fully be an open system, but we are embarrassingly far away from what is currently available in the U.S. on sites like Trulia.com, Zillow.com, and the like.

What do you think of the new Realtor.ca? Does it do what you want it to do? And what (realistic) suggestions would you make to improve it further?

Image from Realtor.ca.

Andrew la Fleur is a Realtor and a contributor to blogTO.

Discussion

397 Comments

Tim / July 4, 2008 at 02:14 pm
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I think it's awful. I'm sure it can be done but the ability to do something as simple as use the map to look up homes for sale in, say, Parkdale is so non-user-friendly and way more complicated than it needs to be.
i / July 4, 2008 at 02:18 pm
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I've only bought one home, but the mls website made the process an incredible pain. How come you couldn't just type in a street name, or a straight address? Amen to it's demise.
jack / July 4, 2008 at 02:44 pm
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i agreed, whoever manage the mls site is an idiot
apetimberlake / July 4, 2008 at 04:01 pm
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This site seems even worse.
Milen / July 4, 2008 at 04:07 pm
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There is actually a website called housing123.com which had this idea before them. Using Google maps and the MLS listing number to locate properties for sale.
If you read their blog you will find out that they received a notice to cease and desist our operations from MLS/CREA Legal Counsel on June 15.
Now, not even a month later Realtor.ca is releasing a website of their own which is doing exactly what housing123 was doing just fine.
stv / July 4, 2008 at 04:26 pm
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When we sold our house in February, MLS really screwed us over. They only made our property visible to agents & brokers, so that ordinary folks poking around the website looking for potential buys (which is exactly how we found our new place) wouldn't know our place even existed.

Fortunately, we did sell for the price we wanted in the time frame we wanted, but if our listing had been available to the general public we could've been on the good end of an all out bidding war.

And when we tried to get them to fix the mistake, they refused to listen to us because we weren't licensed realtors.

That's all I have to say on the matter. Hopefully someone ingenious will find a great way to put them out of business for good.
Alex G / July 4, 2008 at 04:50 pm
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Using MLS is pure torture. This new realtor.ca sucks slightly less because of the map view, which is, OMG, oh such a natural thing to have.

Looks like most of the stuff was just cut and paste from original. Event bad fonts are still there. This was clearly done in house and it shows. Very poor work.
RBeezy / July 4, 2008 at 08:03 pm
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is there another industry so dependent on the web that sucks as much with their usage of it?

real estate is a joke online. I could probably get rich fixing the crap they throw up.

hmmmmmmmm...
huginho / July 7, 2008 at 10:59 am
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MLS has it's downfalls, but I've just tried the new site and it's just as bad if not worse. I can't believe you can't narrow your search by a certain locations. I don't want to go through 300+ plus findings in TOronto when I only am looking Forrest Hill.
Stu Graham / August 16, 2008 at 08:25 pm
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This is a brutal site. If I cannot use it as a realtor how does the general public have a chance?
wayne ferguson / September 28, 2008 at 04:34 pm
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you realy must do better than this to get folks to use trhis site
klaus / October 2, 2008 at 11:27 am
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The unfortunate part of upgrading the mls.ca website to the new realtor.ca site is that it is not usable for anyone using a Macintosh computer. I've been in the market for a new home for about two months and search frequently, and guess what, I use a Mac exclusively. Now I can't even search to see what's available. Who builds a website these days that completely eliminates an operating system?

Nice try, too bad it's useless.
bryan / October 2, 2008 at 12:43 pm
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There may have been issues with mls but anyone who says this new crap is better has a vested interest. I cannot find what I want easily and when I went in for more info got backed out to totally different and meaningless info!
Catherine / October 2, 2008 at 01:52 pm
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Wow. Having just bought a place, and having spent a loooot of time on MLS, I'm shocked that they actually managed to make this resource worse. Lousy UI and ditto to the comments above about not being able to narrow down by neighbourhood. Godwilling they'll change it again before we sell. This version burns my eyes.
Tom / October 2, 2008 at 02:37 pm
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The new site is terrible, I can't search by areas, nor I can save my search parameters to a specific area of the city.

Also, before I was able to see 50 properties per page, now I have to search 10 properties at a time.

Finally, my computer at home is slow so everytime I move the map I have to wait a lot of time until new data is populated!

It would've made sense to keep mls.ca features and ADD an OPTIONAL map search, not just replace it.
Gordon Wirth / October 2, 2008 at 02:41 pm
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This new website realty.ca is the most unfriendly site I have ever tried to use. mls.ca was quick, easy and provided all the info needed in seconds. This is a nightmare, and you need to be a computer nerd to use it.
Janet / October 2, 2008 at 04:49 pm
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This new website realty.ca is completely frustrating. Before I could go to C1 or C2 in Toronto and narrow the search quite easily. Now with the map format it takes forever and even then you can't get the parameters you want to select. I hope that the old website mls.ca is resurrected ASAP!
Racquel / October 2, 2008 at 05:28 pm
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The new site sucks. Tried to find houses in one particular area in Coquitlam but couldn't get anything. Very user UN-friendly. The old mls was much easier and faster.
Jill / October 2, 2008 at 05:36 pm
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I have looked on mls.ca everyday for months looking for a new home. Mls.ca might not have been perfect but it sure saved time over this new cumbersome site. I can no longer scan through 50 per page nor can I narrow my search to an area such as a township without clicking on and off. Many homes that were listed on mls.ca are not picked up on the new site. Thumbs down. I won't use this site until it's user friendly. It's far too frustrating.
jackie / October 2, 2008 at 05:48 pm
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this new site is impossible! I am on the search for a new home, but gave up attempting to look at listings.
Frank / October 2, 2008 at 06:03 pm
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The new site is terrible, it's so bad i got frustrate trying to use it that i shut it off and went and picked up a newspaper to try to see what houises are forsale in teh area i want to buy in. I can't believe you shut down mls.ca which was more user freindly than this new site. I can't locate the houses that are for sale in the area I want. please bring back mls.ca or at least make this new site more user friendly. What a wast of money .... someone sure sold you a bill of goods!!!! Terrible!!!!
Tami / October 2, 2008 at 06:17 pm
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This sucks....I am not liking it. Like alot of people have said, I cant find what I am looking for..I know there are at least 6 homes for sale where I live and they arent even on this map?? yeah good one...there was nothing wrong with MLS.ca it was easy and fast....blahh
maria / October 2, 2008 at 07:12 pm
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The new site is "EXTREMELY" frustrating, as outdated as MLS.ca was, i wish so very much that it was still available. Here are some of my issues:

1. You can't narrow the search, who would think this up?!?!?!....

2. When you look at property information, you can't just go back to the other listings. You get kicked out to the beginning to enter your search criteria again!!!

3. When you want to go to the next page of listings, it just sits there loading, i once left my house while it was loading the next page and came back 1/2 hour later and it still said loading...HAHAHAHAHAHA

4. When i try to change the setting from ascending to descending prices, the page just keeps trying to do it but never does!

This site makes me so frustrated that i don't want to look on it anymore. It is one of the most user UN-FRIENDLY sites i have ever used!. My real estate agent and i worked great together finding options for me, now i guess i will just have to rely on her and i won't be able to be as involved! UGHHHH
melissa / October 2, 2008 at 09:08 pm
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The new site is horrible.I'm not using it.I totally agree with Maria.Looking at houses isnt fun anymore.This website wasted my time.I emailed them and told them what I thought.I hope others are doing the same.I suspect this was a make work project for some young yahoo.I'm 35,If I'm having trouble with it I cant imagine how seniors would manage.The new website is a complete boner.I hate it so much that I will go through Property Guys or someone else to list my house.I dont want to visit the site again.Why fix what isnt broken.
laurie / October 2, 2008 at 09:50 pm
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This site is impossible! Im looking for a home for my 87 year old grandmother so she can move closer and cant use this site.Why change something that work to this usless site? Please give us MLS>CA back this is rediculious
John III / October 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm
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Well, the MLS site was easy enough to learn, but this new site, with no way to turn that map off, takes forever to load. Google maps is great, if I want a map. But in making this site so friendly for people that want to make a specific search, they have completely disabled the ability to make a general search. Why cant I have it both ways?
Ingrid / October 3, 2008 at 12:19 am
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I was looking forward to improvements to the mls website -- akin to what some of the realtors have on their websites where you need to log on as a member -- you can add additional search parameters (double garage/finished basement/days on the market, previous list prices, etc.), and maps, etc. But this is now almost useless. I think for most people, the first key criteria is location -- where it's by city or neighbourhood -- I want to key into that area first -- then when I narrow down by specific search parameters -- then see the actual address. This is now almost useless.
Peter Benneke / October 3, 2008 at 12:29 am
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This site is a joke, The old site was way better. All that was needed was a map

I will be talking to my realtor in the morning if this is not fixed ASAP I will be pulling my listing.
andon / October 3, 2008 at 02:16 am
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whoever gave a green on this site design should be placed in jail for 10 years or more.

Such incredible incompetence and ignorance is hard to find elsewehere... COMPLETE Change of the interface that would not allow for transitioning time is just horseass.

I would agree with all the comments that consider old MLS better then the new Realtor.

What they were thinking? IF they think at all..

I would highly recommend hiring an Human Interface Expert, to help them DESIGN the interface that works for the users, not for their in house nerds..
Daniel Leavitt / October 3, 2008 at 02:24 am
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I used the old MLS.CA over the past several years to scan my neighborhood and any other regions to see what was available. Now the system does not work at all as I have a MAC computer. Whoever is responsible for this disaster should be fired. before launching such an important marketing tool should have taken the time to make sure its funtionality works on all operating systems. At least if the old site was still available it would make sense. Dum-Dums!
Emily / October 3, 2008 at 03:01 am
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Just tried it for the first time - WHAT A PAIN- looked in one area of Nova Scotia, for example & then when I wanted to look at another area , just could not get out of the first search- Had to start all over , then the whole map flashed & flashed - so I just gave up .
I'll be looking for another site
This one really needs a lot of tweaking before it is put up. Should have had a control group for pre- testing
Wright / October 3, 2008 at 07:06 am
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Totally frustrating, is how we view this new site. Could not stop the map from flashing, did not get the listings we wanted to see. We hope that you come to your senses and at least give us back the old mls.ca. At least you don't have to be a computer geek to operate it. What a mess!!!!
Clair / October 3, 2008 at 12:01 pm
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Just tried the new site. Dreadful if you are not a very competent computer user. It took me 20 minutes to try to work the zooming feature. You need a steady hand and it is not great for seniors or diabled users. Not impressed.
Kathy / October 3, 2008 at 01:10 pm
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Terrible new site bring back the mls.ca. I've been searching for years and now that we have a MAC I cannot even look at listings. How are we to look for our next new home I sure would not be listing my home on this site.
sheila / October 3, 2008 at 01:11 pm
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what was the problem? i always selected the area{ quad}, then community. was that not simple? get a map. get a brain. stop fishing.
Kathy / October 3, 2008 at 01:31 pm
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Like I said that the new site does NOT work if you use a MAC computer like we do.....
L Surgenor / October 3, 2008 at 01:42 pm
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This site is awful!! It's extremely annoying when you search a specific location and end up receiving homes listed in 2 or 3 different surrounding areas. MLS.ca was superb in a user friendly sense, and also in its appearance. This site is not an advantage for prospective buyers! So disappointing!
Risa / October 3, 2008 at 02:18 pm
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UCK ON THE NEW SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS ONE SUCKS SO BAD!!!
LH / October 3, 2008 at 04:02 pm
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Of course, this new site is not user friendly. It's deliberately been made more frustrating so that people will be more likely to go to a Realtor to find listings in the specific area/neigborhood they want.

The above article discusses how the industry has shut down past attempts to allow MORE access to information and now, what do you know, there is LESS/more difficult access to information.
Heather / October 3, 2008 at 04:17 pm
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What in the world have you done. THe new site is horrible and doesn't work as you describe. I would like to see it changed back!
Curt / October 3, 2008 at 04:23 pm
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What a horrible joke. The new site is the worst POS ever.
loid / October 3, 2008 at 04:44 pm
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Go back to the old mls.cs This site sucks a big way!!!
ali espley / October 3, 2008 at 06:10 pm
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I have a mac and I concur with other mac users that this new site is not compatible with macs.
I thought I was doing something wrong until i saw all the other mac owners complaining.
Debbi / October 3, 2008 at 06:49 pm
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As has been my habit for years, I just logged into the mls site to check out what's available. This new site is horrible! Confusing, limited info, no ability to search for condos only (what I'm interested in) and just a total pain in the butt. Not worth the frustration - give us back the old one!
Jesse Calgary / October 3, 2008 at 09:09 pm
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This is soooo bad! Firstly, it doesn't work on a Mac. Guess what? Mac usage is going up day by day! Secondly, who was the genius that decided to eliminate the search by neighborhood feature?!? This is a pathetic attempt by the realtors to keep control of a market that is clearly moving away from them. People SHOULD be able to access the MLS information in a transparent way. The public needs to demand free and open access to MLS information. My girlfriend and I are looking for a home and we are now forced to employ a realtor to help us since this new site is so terrible. Brutal. Just Brutal.
Candace / October 3, 2008 at 10:50 pm
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I think it SUCKS! It took a good twenty minutes to find our listing when it took less than two on MLS.ca. It is not user friendly at all and was extremely frustrating.
Test Goon / October 3, 2008 at 11:47 pm
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The map search is shyte. Slow as molasses, even on a quick computer and Internet connection. This realtor.ca site makes me pine for the old mls.ca, as bad as it was. Not being able to search by district and community is such a pain in the a$$.
Sandra / October 4, 2008 at 12:27 am
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Is the new realtor.ca site a joke? I've tried several ways to search the site for properties but apparently there are NO acerage properties for sale in all Alberta. Give me a break. And give me back the old MLS where at least I could pinpoint the areas in which I wanted to look and find actual properties for sale. This is ridiculous. I'm totally thwarted from finding properties.
Brad / October 4, 2008 at 01:39 am
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Let's just hope this launch is reverted. I use a mac and I was able to use the site albeit awkwardly. I used Firefox 3.0. What I cannot do now is access it via my iPhone, which is what I used to use rather efficiently, no longer I suppose.
Susan / October 4, 2008 at 01:44 am
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The advanced search design is pretty bad, after you enter your city, You can't get get to a more specific municipality or area within the city. System should be like the old MLS, click on the city, then click on the area, then select your criteria, ie price, condo, townhouse etc. The old MLS was just fine. They should have kept it's logic, but just added the interactive maps for people who have all the time in the world to work the darned useless thing.
Sandra / October 4, 2008 at 01:46 am
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I just tried to use the new site - I can't even get the search to work - I would like to have MLS back as I could search for what I was looking for in a matter of minutes - this new site is useless
Kathy / October 4, 2008 at 08:33 am
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I suggest that you call or email your local real estate board and lay out your concerns and disappointment in this new site. I have emailed a couple different people and now I am waiting for some kind of response.
yaili lee / October 4, 2008 at 09:53 am
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your new site sucks.you no longer can search by areas like E-17,E-19 ETC.NOW YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO SEARCH BY STREET I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE STREETI WANT AN SPECIFIC AREA.I HOPE THE OLD MLS SITE IS BACK VERY SOON.
JJ / October 4, 2008 at 10:08 am
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ARE YOU KIDDING?????? VERY DIFFICULT to navigate in...where to go now?
Rose / October 4, 2008 at 11:03 am
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This site is awful....... I got so frustrated I just switched if off. Like many other posters, I want to search by an specific area, not the entire city. Unless it changes, I wont be back.
Keith / October 4, 2008 at 12:03 pm
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This new site is not friendly for searches, its terrible,what brian child thought of this one. Mls.ca worked, why fix something that's not broken.
susan / October 4, 2008 at 12:31 pm
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I really loved MLS I could find what I was looking for right away , If I was looking for a house on the Hamilton Mountain I could just go to that specific location and there was all the house for that location this new website suck big time. Bring back MLS for us people who liked it.

i WILL NEVER USE THIS SITE AGAIN

A VERY DISAPPOINT CUSTOMER
rs / October 4, 2008 at 01:28 pm
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the new mls site suck's big time.first it should go on the news to get the word out how bad it is. second people can list or check out listings on (property guys) site or www.homes.point2.com, very quick easy to search.
Furious / October 4, 2008 at 01:46 pm
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The old MLS.CA was a great site. This realtor.ca version is a useless piece of crap just like the realtor.com site in the U.S. They leave expired listings us just to get phone calls. This search utility is useless. PUT IT BACK THE WAY IT WAS you corporate whores !!!!
Penny / October 4, 2008 at 01:55 pm
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This site sucks! Will no longer use it! I agree who ever designed it should be fired! very disapointed!
rs / October 4, 2008 at 02:16 pm
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complete joke! I think they did make the site a complete waste of time to discourage people from using it.I also sent a couple complaints and comments to them no reply's back??? keep bombarding with complaints until they change it back .
B Hodder / October 4, 2008 at 04:58 pm
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Bring back mls.ca At least I could find what I wanted on it, This new site is a real pain.
Liz / October 4, 2008 at 07:32 pm
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I beg to differ. The old mls.ca site was much easier to negotiate. Now it's practically impossible to zero in on a district within a large city, i.e. West End Vancouver, Westmount Montreal, etc. Bring back the old Mls. site
Liz / October 4, 2008 at 07:33 pm
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I beg to differ. The old mls.ca site was much easier to negotiate. Now it's practically impossible to zero in on a district within a large city, i.e. West End Vancouver, Westmount Montreal, etc. Bring back the old Mls. site
Andrea / October 4, 2008 at 07:36 pm
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This new site is incredibly bad. I thought that something like 25% of real estate sales were initiated through the client browsing the MLS site in the areas of town that he wished to live? Then advised his realtor. Forget that now....people will just pick up the real estate paper every week as they did in the past.
Jo / October 4, 2008 at 09:49 pm
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This site is AWFUL! It takes a long time for the map to load and it is difficult to navigate. When it says there are 6 pages of results for your search criteria you can't look past page 1 because it keeps reloading. Terrible... TERRIBLE!!!
julie / October 4, 2008 at 11:15 pm
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The new MLS site is terrible! Although the old site was not perfect (could have a direct link to google maps, for example) it was easy, quick. You've made it more complicated with seemingly no benefits. All we want to see, as potential buyers, is basic info and pics. THINK SIMPLE, EASY! GIVE THE OLD MLS BACK, PRONTO
Danny / October 4, 2008 at 11:44 pm
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This site is the best invention the real estate board ever came up with that accomplishes their hidden motives. That being a total unfriendly, opaque system that forces you to use a realtor to get the most simple information about an area you want to buy in.

The old site, with the aid of google maps worked PERFECTLY and was very quick on low-speed internet users.

I wrote an email to TREB complaining that the new site does not allow us to access information by sector, C1, C2, E4, etc. as the old site did. Instead you can only look by an extremely narrow parameter (street) or by city (Toronto, North York). Well what if the area you want to look at overlaps a small part of Toronto, North York and East York? Simply, just sift through a thousand listings to finally pin-point the ones you might be interested in....

Now why I ask would the Real Estate board do away with the old parameter look up system (C-3, C-4, etc.). Their response to me was that it was an old antiquated system that has no relevance to current search criteria, an asked me to look at the slow useless map, with it's coin size pictures.

It would seem that the real estate board has decided to ditch this classification system? But no, the next day in the Toronto Star, the old C-2, E-4 system was used in the business section to describe year over year prices. My agent still says that nothing has changed on his end for classifying properties.

Why the change---force you to get all your relevant information from an agent, at a time when the real estate market in Canada is about to implode. Why give us more information so we can track housing inventory in Toronto, which is up 70% in C-3, C-4, C-10, C-11, C-12, year over year as of Sep 30, 2008. Why would TREB want us to be able to track such useful information that may impact our bid price. Better for them have us think that all is ok if we only compare statistics to 2006, and soon to be 2005, and then 2004, and, well, you get the idea.

If this site was supposed to be an 'honest' improvement, there certainly should be a change in command at the helm. Anyone that is in charge of an organization that does gauge public reation to a new site before full implementation is asleep at the wheel!
bev dittmer / October 5, 2008 at 01:10 am
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New site TERRIBLE!!!! - Not user friendly at all!!! Could
find info that I wanted quickly on old site - this has
taken forever and still did not find what I was looking for!
s. harper / October 5, 2008 at 02:19 am
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EVERYONE IS RIGHT ON THIS ONE. I WAS LISTED ON MLS AND IT DIDN'T SHOW UP ON THE NEW SIGHT. BECAUSE I LIVE IN A NEW DISTRICT. SO AS YOU KNOW IT'S HARD TO SELL IF KNOW ONE KNOWS YOUR LISTED. I'LL PROBABLY PULL MY LISTING OFF AS WELL AND GO TO PROPERTY GUYS.THIS IS A REAL PIECE OF WORK.
tony mackay / October 5, 2008 at 07:33 am
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The big question --- "WHY". It's over complicated and just does not work. Very, very frustrating. There's an old saying "if it ain't broken don't fix it".
Kathy / October 5, 2008 at 09:12 am
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I have complained twice now about this new site and have yet to get a response back. At least some of you can access listings because I use a MAC I cannot even use the site. By what I am reading it does not sound like I am missing much anyways. Still extremely frustrated and annoyed that they changed it in the first place and now it makes it impossible for me to find our next home.
Mark / October 5, 2008 at 02:09 pm
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To all those who are complaining...there's a reason for the limited information now available. It's to make your realtor seem more important than they really are. With full transparancy, what value do they add other than to point out where to sign.
Shirley / October 5, 2008 at 02:34 pm
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Are you kidding me? This is better? We are looking for a house in a specific area of Kelowna and it is impossible to refine to a certain area. The mls system was so easy. How you can think this is better is beyond me!
Liz / October 5, 2008 at 02:57 pm
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This new site is cumbersome!! What happened to "ticking" boxes for the neighbourhoods you were interested in? Can you not incorporate that feature with this mapping feature?

Should be easy to do since the programmers were able to come up with something as complicated as this!!
kick me when down / October 5, 2008 at 04:07 pm
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Yet another vain attempt to employ agents when you don't need them. The newly designed site was simply created to ensure that even if you want to search by neighbourhoods you can only do with thehelp of an uncooperative agent. Bloody useless. Remind me again why we would want our house on this site?
Kathy Basque / October 5, 2008 at 04:39 pm
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This site is not user friendly. Each time you view a property you have to go back and wait for the house views to appear again. You can barely see the house's. This time when I specifly asked for Kelowna, BC it included all of Westbank etc. Sure its nice that they give you an idea where the property is located but that is about it. I think they better think of correcting this site.
ab hawkins / October 5, 2008 at 04:54 pm
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WOW WOW WOW this site is so much worse than the other site ever was. I would love to know who the idiot was that thought up this new site. Maybe a real estate agent who felt it did a better job than them.
kick me when down / October 5, 2008 at 07:36 pm
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Here's an idea.

I have just accessed the new site and you can email them your comments. I would suggest that we all send them our complaints directly. Not sure if they would in fact read them all, but at least they will be made aware of our dislike of the new site.
Kathy / October 5, 2008 at 09:46 pm
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Great idea but I have emailed them my complaints and still have had no reply back. Not sure if there is much we can do. Good to know that I am not alone in thinking this is all a horrible mistake.
Mike / October 5, 2008 at 09:49 pm
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The new site is useless...how do search for houses in a neighbour???? www.mls.ca was way better then the new site...these people need to hire a good webpage design company not some computer nerd..
Andrew / October 5, 2008 at 09:52 pm
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This new site is a BIG JOKE and a MOCKERY of the Canada's real estate....we have a bunch of losers working at CREA who have no idea what they are doing...off with their heads!
vesna / October 5, 2008 at 09:59 pm
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The new site is USELESS...It was much etter befor since it was posted by areas.
wayne / October 6, 2008 at 12:49 am
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This new site is a mess cant find anything maybe You should go back to the old mls and tweek it but to change with Google maps do it by areas e 10 or by areas I will not be using this till something is done
Wendy / October 6, 2008 at 03:01 am
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I hope they backed up a copy of MLS.ca because even that is 100 time better than this new site. I'm shopping for a condo and want to narrow my hunt to: downtown vancouver, coal harbour or gastown. How the heck am I supposed to do it on this terrrible new site!!!!????
Wendy / October 6, 2008 at 03:06 am
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The web developers need to be fired. How can you select a price range of $275,000 - $300,000--which is the smallest possible price bracket between those numbers available via the dropdown and get an error "Your search returned more than 500 results...". Like what choice do I have now???!!!! This is RETARDED.
reimer / October 6, 2008 at 08:51 am
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This new site is the worst site I have EVER tried to surf I was a weekly user of MLS I will No longer be surfing your site I hope some-one will take over and develop a better site.
monique kovacs / October 6, 2008 at 11:29 am
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What brainiac came up with this web page? This is not simple at all. It's crap! Get rid of it.
elaine / October 6, 2008 at 01:05 pm
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The site is just terrible, who's bright idea was it! Elaine
Jeff / October 6, 2008 at 02:16 pm
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the site is awful!!!
Jeff / October 6, 2008 at 02:16 pm
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the site is awful!!!
Micheal / October 6, 2008 at 03:27 pm
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I find it very user unfriendly, I sold my old house and bought this one with the help of MLS.ca and am now shopping for another in a new area and find this new site to be time consuming and difficult to navigate, Im dissapointed
RANA / October 6, 2008 at 03:49 pm
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THIS SITE GIVES ME ALOT OF HEAD ACHES TO SEARCH TO FIND A SUITABLE HOUSE, I STOPPED LOOKING FOR BUYING A HOUSE. THE PREVIOUSE SITE WAS MUCH BETTER.
THIS SITE WILL MAKE MARKE VERY DOWN
MARGARET MASHFORD / October 6, 2008 at 04:42 pm
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THIS IS A TERRIBLE SITE TODAY OCT 6 2008 DOES NOT DO A PROPER SEARCH OF ANY AREA GO BACK TO THE OLD WAY
MARGARET
Bill / October 6, 2008 at 06:37 pm
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This site is a waste of time. We do not have the power to change this useless site but we do have the power to not work with realtors until you change this site
Dickie / October 6, 2008 at 06:48 pm
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Thank God for property Guys,Home Finders,and all the other private seller companys,with your user friendly sites you should do great since mls converted to this garbage.I will never use a realtor again
edward / October 6, 2008 at 07:00 pm
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THIS WEB SITE SUCKSSSSSSSS BIG TIME........MLS was quick and easy.
stewart / October 6, 2008 at 07:10 pm
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The old MLS.ca was not beautiful, but it worked. The realtor.ca is a throwback to Windows 95, which, for those of us old enough to remember, sucked.The new site lacks the flexibility of the old one if one has only a general idea of where one wants to go.
Out with the new, bring back the old!
sherri / October 6, 2008 at 07:17 pm
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i am a mac user and with mls i could look for my own property to see if i liked it or not.But with this site i am forced to use property guys and other sources to make my purchase more convience for us buys. I also have a house for sale with remax but with this site after my listing is over i will not list with realestate again cause i know people do not have the time to waste to try to get on this site. I hope alot of other people feel the same way as me and if you think about it we will all save a ton of money if we do it ourself cause this site just stinks and i do not have time or paitience for this shit.
Danny / October 6, 2008 at 07:26 pm
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OK, The REAL reason for the change in site!?!?!?
---To restrict the use of MLS information by users without agents, and to force you to use a realtor---
By not releasing district information and to make it more cumbersome to find a property in the area you are looking at, it forces you to use the services of a realtor.

Where did I get this information?? Directly from my AGENT, friend!!! He said that this information was circulated, and comments taken for revamping the site with the sole purpose of making the use of an agent a MUST, rather than an option.

I say, contact an agent or more, have him take the time to send you the specific houses in your preferred area and buy without him!!! How to meet them, simply go to a few open houses and they will clamoring all over you to send you listings. They never take you off their email listings, as they are desperate for a sale these days. Fight 'fire' with 'fire'!!!
Jill / October 6, 2008 at 07:38 pm
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OK so today I tried to use this site again and this time there was a note telling you to type in the township etc. to narrow down your area. I'm all excited thinking that they have actually fixed this stupid site and I'll be able to start looking for my house again...but sure enough I type in my township and province and it comes up asking me which province or area. I click on my province again and it pulls up an area no where near it. I try another township and it does the exact same thing and actually sends me to the exact same wrong location as the first try. Obviously they think we're idiots and a little note added will help us get to where we want to go. This site is a nightmare and it just keeps getting worse. Get rid of the idiot who designed this atrocity and the idiots that approved it and bring back mls.ca!!!
Andrew H. / October 6, 2008 at 09:12 pm
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Realtor.ca is a terrible site. Bring back mls.ca, it was sooooooooo much better than the new site.
bill / October 6, 2008 at 10:38 pm
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this site is stupendisly ignorant of the fact that a lot of ppl want to make a general search not such a specific one. i hate this new version.
Len / October 7, 2008 at 01:13 am
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What idiot designed this site?? Who approved this mess.

Bring back the old mls.ca site!!! With the recent pressures in the real estate market - just wait realators the US financial crisis will hit you!!! The old site was so user friendly and allowed people to search for real estate they wouldn't even have thougth of before. Now you can't even be creative and look for new place.
Dixie / October 7, 2008 at 03:11 am
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THE IDIOT WHO DID THIS SHOULD BE FIRED OR AT LEAST SHOW A PICTURE OF HIS STUPID FACE.IT HAD TO BE A MAN,NO WOMAN WOULD DO SOMETHING THIS STUPID. I'M NOT SELLING THROUGH A REALTOR.I'M SURE PROPERTY GUYS WILL BE PLEASED WITH ALL THE NEW BUSINESS THEY WILL BE GETTING.
What a bunch of doornobs.UGH!Terrible site.
DAG / October 7, 2008 at 09:13 am
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What an awful site. All I want to see is a list of homes in a district of Victoria. No way. A bunch of streets with dots where the map is constantly loading and clicking, totally annoying. I shut it off, don't have time for that. Hope they make the old site active soon.
Jaci Thomas / October 7, 2008 at 09:27 am
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This site is awfull, I tried to look up land in Dufferin County and I got all the listings from North Bay To Goose Bay everything but what I asked for. The map is very confusing and I already know the area I want because I had to type it in. For realtors the get training this may be great for them but for people looking up property it is really frustrating
Kathy Borden / October 7, 2008 at 10:31 am
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It is very slow, has tiny pictures and takes way too long to 'get back into the search again'. Maps are fine - if i can find a house to begin with - but they are not as important as actually being able to locate the house in the first place!
pat depoe / October 7, 2008 at 11:09 am
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The new site is just dreadful. We are interested in buying a house in a particular neighbourhood - easy with the old site, impossible now, unless you want to spend frustrating hours on end in front of your computer. We have also listed our own property - no one can find it, is the feedback we've been getting. At a time when it is difficult to sell a house we can thank realtor.ca for adding to the problem.
ANDREA / October 7, 2008 at 12:12 pm
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I think your new website is very confusing. I have many years of experience navigating on the internet and I am discouraged of using your new site so I can imagine someone with little or no experience in using computers to be lost.
Please bring back the OLD MLS.ca
John / October 7, 2008 at 12:30 pm
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Bring back the old MLS or at least have option to search by sector. E1, N1, etc. I can't believe they took away sector search.

What is MLS's loss by removing this option for puplic users? I still need to speak to a RE agent before buying. That is how I found my house. Saved the RE agent more time too!

Terrible. The site is now basically useless to me. Now, buyers won't be able to see a wider range of homes to choose because using this new site is so cumbersome. :-(
John / October 7, 2008 at 04:50 pm
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Horrible.

The old site was poor but acceptable, the new site is just plain garbage. I can't believe webmasters are trying to mix ipod style layouts with what should be a blazing fast page with competent controls. With a 12 year background
in computers I can tell you they had bad consultation from
the start. At the moment it is too buggy to even asses the technology and scripting they used.
Marlene / October 7, 2008 at 06:07 pm
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I don't have the time or patience to navigate this site. Bring back the old one where I could easily get to an area of interest.
sandy / October 7, 2008 at 06:38 pm
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This is terrible website ou cannot find anylistings cannot navigate the site .horrible waste of time PLEASE BRING BACL MLS.CA
Lars / October 7, 2008 at 06:43 pm
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Crap, my daughter is looking for a place in Kelowna, I live in Calgary, she sends me the MLS #, no way could I enter it into the NewCrapSite to she what house she was looking at. I could last month with mls.ca
Glenn / October 7, 2008 at 08:42 pm
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What were they thinking!!!!!
At least keep the other site MLS.CA so people could have a choice/They would see that the old site needed to be upgraded but most people liked it and they could have let the number of hits on the two respective sites speak for themselves(god help anyone selling/ searching for homes now.
FUBAR FUBAR FUBAR / BRING BACK MLS.CA - AT LEAST THIS WAS SOMETHING TO WORK WITH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monica Deane / October 7, 2008 at 09:30 pm
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Iam so angry with this new way to find houses for sale.I loved mls.ca the way it was before.We cant locate anything,and I cant believe youve changed to this!!!
818 investments / October 7, 2008 at 09:37 pm
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I buy and sell about 30-40 properties a year that i find on mls.ca.with realtors.I no longer can do this on the useless new site...So good-bye realtors...Hello private sellers
mariam / October 7, 2008 at 10:31 pm
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HA HA. You don't know what you've got till it's gone! I tried to access mls.ca for the first time in a few months and came up with this. It is almost hilarious how bad it is. OK, it basically doesn't work at all on my MAC but it sucks pretty seriously on my PC at work too. Bring back mls.ca. Boring but usable.
anne / October 7, 2008 at 10:49 pm
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"Unrealtors" it should be called - it's so bad it's unreal.
obviously had unrealistic expectations of being successful in my searches. Gave up.
terry lewis / October 7, 2008 at 10:52 pm
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unbelievable! that a nationally based organization like CREA would create this stupid, unuseable, steaming mound of shit of a web site is truly unbelievable. As a Mac user, I will happily say "get bent!"
Kelly / October 7, 2008 at 11:40 pm
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My husband and I were regular users of mls.ca, but we are completely at a loss as to how to navigate realtor.ca. We wholeheartedly agree with the writer who said, "I can't believe you can't narrow your search by a certain locations". We don't wish to pour over hundreds of listings to find the few in a specific area. We will not even attempt to visit this site until it is more user friendly.
ob / October 7, 2008 at 11:50 pm
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The point was to make this new site less user friendly. They want to 'force' you into contacting an agent for help.
jack / October 8, 2008 at 12:11 am
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They are barking up the wrong tree with this site and its' hidden agenda to force agent involvement. People did perfectly fine with the old MLS.ca and involved an agent once ready. They will lose many prospects because people that were on the fence will become disinterested. Get ready to starve RAs.
for sale by owner / October 8, 2008 at 12:20 am
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While everyone is striving at using technology as an enabler this site has accomplished the opposite. Has your greed no limit. The gravy train is done. The market is heading for a nosedive and this site will help with that. Shame on you for assuming the public is a bunch of morons. Your shooting yourselves in the foot with realtor.ca
Angry / October 8, 2008 at 12:14 pm
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Private ex- change here I come good bye Realtor.ca
Geoff / October 8, 2008 at 02:42 pm
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This is a huge step in a backwards direction. I have a house on the market and I want to look at it with others in the same price range in the same location and am shown the whole province. This system is bad for busines for all concerned, the vendor, Realtors and potential buyers. I would like to look at properties somewhare else, what am I supposed to do? Go to this new area find a Realtor wh probably can not use the system also and hope for the best.!! This is a terrible error and will help slow down sales in an already slow market.
s.shillingford / October 8, 2008 at 02:54 pm
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Bring back MLS.ca. It worked. Realtor.com has got to go. period.
Kathy / October 8, 2008 at 03:02 pm
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I would suggest calling or emailing your local real estate board to complain not to the realtors themselves. Hopefully if enough people do this they will see that a huge mistake was made in changing a perfectly fine site.
carmen / October 8, 2008 at 08:01 pm
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I just love their little signs on the front page telling us where to click and to type in the city,like were morons.IT STILL DOESNT MAKE THE DAMN PROGRAM RUN ANY BETTER OR FASTER.
Property guys will be getting really stinking filthy RICH!
rs / October 8, 2008 at 08:34 pm
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ya it suck's . If any ones emailed (CREA)to complain.. they sent me the same generic email for 3 different questions??? what idiot's.
Kim / October 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm
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This site is soooooo fustrating, I think I need a Valium!!! Bring back the old mls.ca site, or I will just give up looking for a new house for now until my nerves calm down!!!
Bob / October 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm
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Well..we're first time buyers and have been looking at MLS for some time now. I'll admit...the old version was a bit dated...but worked just fine with area search. Now that it's gone and a google map version launched...minus the searchable area ability...we'll be ditching the new site. Reading the comments above...and seeing one posted by someone who's friend is an agent...and finding out that it's all about us using an agent more? lol...sorry guys/gals...you just bit the hand that feeds you. Do the agents think we're complete morons? I guess the looming real estate crash hasn't made them hungry enough yet. I'll admit...we're in the vancouver "untouchable bubble" where prices keep going up...and buyers/sellers/agents can't go wrong. Sorry to break the news fat cats...us first timers will be holding onto our money a little harder now. Suck it in boys and girls...you just screwed yourself. We WILL NOT be using an agent. Private sellers...here we come.Needless to say...we're not the only people that feel this way. We were on the fence...I guess this POS site put us over.

Don't bit the hand that feeds you fat cats.
mazhar / October 9, 2008 at 02:06 am
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realator is a big sign of depression a head
AGM / October 9, 2008 at 02:19 am
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i agree with Mr. Mazhar, we are currently going through a severe recession, and potentially heading towards a Great Depression. No one will buy a home now, especially given the super inflated prices in the market, realtor is useless for now so they can change their site as much as they want, have fun realtor, see u next decade!!!!
MIKIAL JAN / October 9, 2008 at 05:23 am
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The MLS was okay, certainly not bad. But I bet the moron who made this site was actually looking forward to being praised. What a horrible difficult site to navigate. TO the folks that came up with this site...we are suppose to advance in life not go backwards. You're hurting thousands home home sellers and buyers, not to mention realtors with this pathetic website.
Theresa / October 9, 2008 at 12:34 pm
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Unbelievable. The new site is worse than the old one. I can't find anything in a specific area. The pictures on the side are so tiny that they all are meaningless and all say the the same thing...my price range...2 bedroom. That's it. No address, no caption, no helpful info. Too small to see. No area. Just crappy. The map takes up almost the whole page and when I put my mouse over it, it disappears in seconds AND the areas are wrong! Many listings are not in the area of the pinprick. This site now practicly makes it so I cannot narrow down a search and I have used the old one successfuly for years. By the way, as a private investor I do my own research and then call my realtor for more info. This site is so useless that now I have to waste hours and hours of my realtors time to ask: "what is for sale in such and such area?" I usually find what I buy by viewing a variety of properties in a specific area...now I am going to have to resort back to the real estate weekly again. It is frustrating. Back to driving to look!!!!
Theresa / October 9, 2008 at 12:46 pm
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One more thing....!!!!! I resorted to using "for sale by owner" sites for the first time since I was so frustrated and really want to see right away what is available in my area... and voila...I found a private seller who had something fabulous. I'll sniff that one out since I have a good lead in my pocket instead of waiting for my realtor to get back to me to "start" my search.
Jill King / October 9, 2008 at 03:25 pm
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I agree, it's worse than mls.ca
sam / October 9, 2008 at 05:03 pm
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WHAT A JOKE ! WHO BUILT THIS SITE? A REALTOR? IT DOESN'T WORK AT ALL. GOOD BYE MLS, HELLO SELLING PRIVATELY!! ONLY A M A T E U R S WOULD LAUNCH A JOKE LIKE THIS
Susan / October 9, 2008 at 05:11 pm
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After using the mls ste for over 22 years for the last 9 moves we have made across Canada to several provinces I am soooooo disappointed by the mess the new site is. It's obvious that folks who have never depended on this site to move families around have created this one. Another situation of people being put in charge of designing somthing with very little personal experience in using the site. No wonder you can't find a phone number to call tham and complain. The phone lines would crash if anyone there had the nerve to listen to comments from real users of the site.
Jean / October 9, 2008 at 10:01 pm
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Get it. It is not suppose to work for you.It is to make them feel like they are still doing something.Do you remember back;when they would suggest you drive by the property+ give you the address? nobody is buying + they need a job???? HOWEVER IF YOU ARE RELOCATING,hard to search prices/homes in a new city
Stephanie / October 10, 2008 at 12:09 am
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This Realtor.ca sucks!! you can't get it to work for anything . At least with the old system the thing worked.!
Simone / October 10, 2008 at 05:11 pm
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This is suppose to be an improvement?? You have to be kidding. I have just wasted 30 minutes to simply look at Fort Langley listings and I get municipalities like Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, etc and not one Fort Langley which I know is most incorrect!! Please give me back the old MLS which worked most competently for me. How can anyone believe this is an improvement!
peter Van Rooy / October 10, 2008 at 05:25 pm
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This is the worst site I have ever experienced. What are they thinking. It goes berzerk and doesn't work at all.
Get with it. The old site worked clumsily, but this is disaster.
I key in Toronto, ( most people know where that is) and i get a map of the north pole to mid Kentucky. Then it goes all haywire when i try to get to toronto.
Who developed this. Get rid of it. It is hell to navigate. I found nothing.
Four tries and I have given up.
Greg B. / October 10, 2008 at 09:19 pm
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I signed in to mls.ca tonight for the first time in a few weeks and ended up on realtor.ca and like every other single person making a comment here, found it impossible. I'm happy I found this page since I was beginning to think that I was having some kind of mental block that kept me from using the new and improved site. Clearly it is anything but and is a total human interface disaster. I sent a comment to the link on the site and c.c.'d the President of CREA along with a few other officers. Hopefully they will see all the comments here and take action on this disaster.
david & Liz van Rooyen / October 10, 2008 at 11:12 pm
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Worst site ever, doesn't work worth a .... . Cannot for the life of me find anything I am looking for. Give us back the old site, please!!
lyla / October 11, 2008 at 02:39 am
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We all need to start selling our own homes without realrors, save on the exhorbitant fees and someone come up with a better website created for :FOR SALE BY OWNER" I have sold a home and a business by owner and it was a snap.
David M. / October 11, 2008 at 08:19 am
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This site is completely unusable and I can't believe that someone thought a change from MLS.ca was in any way necessary. People in the real estate industry must realize that most potential clients wish to do their homework on the internet first in order to narrow down a search. This site completely blocks the ability to do this and certainly won't do anything to boost business. Bring the old site back as soon as possible or sooner!
Tim / October 11, 2008 at 11:18 am
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I think this new site is terrible! MLS was way easier to use. It's hard to find anything now.
Will P / October 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm
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MLS.ca worked just fine. Not always rocket fast, and there was room for improvement for sure. This new site stinks.
Ann / October 11, 2008 at 01:57 pm
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You should ask for your money back from who ever designed this Web Site... Someone forgot about people looking for Condo's
jennifer / October 11, 2008 at 06:00 pm
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G A R B A G E !!! Computer locks up..very slow...doesn't locate the city that was requested....the old site was a million times better...who came up with this crap??
Andy Hurrie / October 11, 2008 at 07:21 pm
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Tell me you people did NOT pay somebody for this new site!
It is completely un-user friendly and absolute garbage!
I cannot believe that MLS.CA actually decided to use it!
I used the old site a lot and it was ok, even if it was a bit lacking in some areas.
What you are offering now is a disgrace to your custmers!
What ever possessed you people to do this to the old site?
Who ever approved this mess should be fired!
Until you fix it,I wlll suggest to all the realtors I know NOT to use it!
What a disgrace!
Andy.
yuriy / October 12, 2008 at 01:11 am
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Give me back my MLS.ca!!!!!!!
Carol / October 12, 2008 at 03:21 am
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I hate this new system. I used mls.ca often and easy to do this I can't even get the map off the screen. I am so dissappointed now I can't even look up listings.
Kathy Richmond / October 12, 2008 at 09:38 am
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BRING BACK THE OLD MLS.CA! What used to take me 4 clicks and a couple of scrolls, now has me ready to throw the damned computer out the friggin' window!

I can't believe that the Sunshine Coast in BC went from having hundreds of listings to none....but according to your "new and improved" site, that's exactly what you are telling me. Crap....absolute crap. I don't know who you paid to spearhead that project, but you got ripped off.
Ed Rooney / October 12, 2008 at 12:18 pm
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You're kidding right? Great upgrade? This thing is a total P.O.S. Luckily, I still had some old bookmarks which still work to search neighbourhoods, which is apparently something you're no longer able to do. Through some monkeying around I figured out which value to alter in the link to bring up different neighbourhoods - what a joke though. Way more work, what a pain. I'd give anything for the old MLS.
Peter / October 13, 2008 at 11:29 am
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The new site is worse!!!! Impossible to naviagte and browse. There was nothing wrong with how the old MLS workded. Way to screw it up people! Why can't I get listings for a specific area in a city??????!!!! I hate the map, it takes too long to load.
EM / October 13, 2008 at 04:46 pm
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Coincidently I just sent them an email given them my unsolicted advice as a senior manager in the IT field. I hate the new site more than the old- I"m on my 4th house since 2001 and a frequent user of the mls.ca.
I'm all for change- but IMHO this move was not a step forward. I used to be able to put in my local neighbourhood and quickly zone in on a property- seems to be a multiple step hit-miss with this new site. I say bring back the old until the figure it all out.
Lea at Niagara St. / October 13, 2008 at 05:56 pm
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My co-workers used to look at houses in the James Bay area when we have free time on hand at work, but now we can't even bring up anything to look at. We think the new web site is worst then the mls.ca. Hope you guys can fix this very soon. "PLEASE".
pr / October 14, 2008 at 09:56 am
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this new version sucks , what was wrong with the old one
Marianne Melis / October 14, 2008 at 12:07 pm
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This new mls site stinks, I will never use it again, it is totally useless, hope they did not pay the inventor too much. As it really does not work. What was wrong with the way it was?or did the real estate not get enough business with the old system?
Derek / October 14, 2008 at 06:04 pm
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Actually, i kind of like it.



hehe sorry.

seriously.. what a disaster.
It's almost 2009.. but i swear after checking out the NEW IMPROVED site it feels like 1989 again.
Whoever coded this site and came up with the interface design etc should have really stopped by one of the local junior high schools and got some of the kids there to spend an hour or two and create something far better than this waste of space.
incredible.
is it april 1st?
seriously...
WTF?
EM / October 14, 2008 at 08:38 pm
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Ok Phew so I'm not the only one.
I'm adding the link to this site to the email i sent them so they can read for themselves what people are thinking. They wasted an awful lot of money on this boo-boo, or should I say, doo-doo.
EM / October 14, 2008 at 08:38 pm
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Ok Phew so I'm not the only one.
I'm adding the link to this site to the email i sent them so they can read for themselves what people are thinking. They wasted an awful lot of money on this boo-boo, or should I say, doo-doo.
Teresa / October 14, 2008 at 08:53 pm
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The site is a disaster. I hope someone with half a brain decides it needs to be fixed, or simply revert back to the old site, which was a lot faster. I won't use this new site anymore. They had to have worked pretty darn hard on it to make it so slow. A notable failure on the www.
betty / October 14, 2008 at 09:31 pm
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The new MLS website is great! Mac users are be happy.
SUE / October 15, 2008 at 12:17 am
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ARE YOU CRAZY? THE PERSON WHO CAME UP WITH THIS NEW MLS SHOULD GO BACK TO SCHOOL. THIS NEW SITE IS A DISASTER. I WON'T USE THIS SITE AT ALL, I'M NOT IN RUSH TO BUY A HOME, I'LL WAIT TILL YOU BRING THE OLD ONE BACK. THIS NEW SITE IS NOT HELPING THE ECONOMY AT ALL.
SUE / October 15, 2008 at 12:24 am
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CAN'T YOU SEE, 99% OF THE MLS USERS HATE THIS NEW SITE, PLEASE, BRING THE OLD SITE BACK. THANK YOU
Glenn / October 15, 2008 at 03:20 am
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I was amazed at how un-user friendly this new format is. I found the following to be frustrating at best:

1. The map is useless, if we know what area we want to buy in then why do we need this giant map which you can't close covering 75 % of the screen!

2. The pictures are so small and the addresses aren't shown anymore so I had to open each ad to find out what it looked like and where it was... I couldn't even see what units in my own complex were for sale because the pictures are so tiny.. not showing the addresses readily is more than ridiculous. THIS IS ABSURD!

3. The "old" format was twice as fast as it didn't have to reload this stupid map after looking at a property and returning to a tiny useless picture collection.

4. The designers of this should be flogged for making a somewhat useful format, MLS.ca, into this debauchery they now call REALTOR.ca.. out with the NEW and back with the OLD .....PLEASE!..at least until a proper easy to use format is available... What WERE THEY THINKING!!!!!!!
melody / October 15, 2008 at 03:34 am
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Designed by George W Bush and approved by John McCain... need I say more?
Teresa / October 15, 2008 at 02:07 pm
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Im looking for a property in Halifax NS. I live in Ontario. I dont know Halifax at all. However I did get pointed at certain areas to look at and which to avoid, which I was managing to do quite nicely on the old MLS. Now I cant do that. Im given a map. A map that is completely useless to someone who doesnt know the area never mind the street. I tried advanced search and yes of course I can look at everything Halifax has to offer but not the areas I want. What a load of garbage. Ill be listing my house soon but Ill do it privately as paying thousands of dollars to a real estate agent who will post it on a site that no one can use will make me as stupid as the a**hole who designed this crap.
Debra Curran / October 15, 2008 at 03:47 pm
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Hi all,
I've just been reading with great interest the incredible frustration so many people are feeling with MLS.CA and other sites for searching for homes. As a real estate agent, I don't actually use MLS.CA other than to see how my listings look to the public. Anyway, I just can't help but ask a question in general. When any and all of you can use the services of a qualified real estate agent for absolutely no cost, why then do you try to do something than can be offered by a realtor? I have lots of clients who love to surf the net looking at homes, for some, it's almost become a hobby. But for those who are really serious, I can create a personalized and automatic search that has you receiving listings that are completely up to date and within very specific criteria such as area, price, swimming pool, finished basement etc - every single day of the week. Then you can have just as much fun sifting through the many listings that actually meet your requirements, but without the frustration. I know I don't speak for all realtors and perhaps some of the writers have had a bad experience with real estate agents, but honestly, there are tons of really dedicated caring realtors out there that would be very happy to provide you with all of the information you need to find a home.
Sometimes I think that people believe they must pay a realtor which is why they try and find homes themselves. But that isn't the case. The next time any of you find yourself really frustrated with any of the online searches, do yourself a favour and just TRY calling a professional real estate agent, I'll be you'll be very glad you did.
Kind Regards and best wishes on your home search,
Debra
www.debracurran.ca
margaret / October 15, 2008 at 04:27 pm
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The new website Realy .ca is Awful..get rid of it we want the old Mls site back asp ...
Kathy / October 15, 2008 at 05:58 pm
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In response to Debra...I know that many people liked to look on the old mls.ca for a home themselves instead of at the mercy of an agent. My "hobby" turned into an offer on a home that I found myself by doing my own search. This new and "improved" site is just plain horrible, hard to find a specific area and some areas just do not come up at all. In reading all these comments I know that I am not alone with this opinion of this realtor.ca. It was a huge mistake to change an already good site and I think in the long run the housing market is going to suffer because of the many problems this realtor.ca is causing many prospective home buyers.
Dean / October 15, 2008 at 07:43 pm
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OMG does THIS suck!!! Whomever designed this, should spend eternity trying to use it.. if the objective was to stop people from using it... Job well done.
Barry / October 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm
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This site is really bad! The old MLS was easy to use to scout for properties anywhere in the country without having to be familiar with the area. This one is hopeless!!!!!!!! Please bring the old site back!!!!!
nora / October 16, 2008 at 11:58 am
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I think this website is dreadful..not the least bit user friendly...far preferred MLS.CA
Theresa / October 16, 2008 at 12:53 pm
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This new website is HORRIBLE. This has nothing to do with real estate agents or whether or not to use one its about the POTENTIAL clients like myself that search the website looking at properties including interior and exterior pictures. When I find something I like I will CALL the real estate agent for a viewing. I dont have to waste time looking at properties that I would not even remotely be interested in purchasing. I have found my current home this way. Plus when you are selling your home you can look at the comparibles yourself, what is out there in your target area and what its listed for. New website is not user friendly, too much screen stuff, map is unusable - cannot drill into types and areas - We need the old MLS back!! If real estate agents think that this will prompt us to call one of them for help instead of searching on our own they are mistaken. This tool is to be used in conjunction with a real estate person but of course the arrogant and overpaid real estate agents (most of them dont do much) will see this as an misguided opportunity to go to their own individual websites which is wrong because unless we can SEE the properties and SEE who is the listing agent nothing will happen. This is very disppointing.
CM / October 16, 2008 at 03:52 pm
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http://www.TheOldMLS.com

Uses all the current MLS data, but keeps the old layout.
Developer / October 16, 2008 at 08:16 pm
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It is not good true, however I am on a macbook pro from 2006 mac os x latest updates and I can use the site fine. Also I am a web developer doing a site for a realtor and would like an easy way to get listings on a site, if mls is the only mass listing database it should offer a free web service to consume.
PB / October 16, 2008 at 09:36 pm
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for gods sake get the hello realter.ca site off the internet and bring the old mls site back .
Emily / October 17, 2008 at 02:42 am
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Horrid Horrid Horrid
Goes straight into spazz mode and have to click out and start over for more of the same- PLEASE get rid of it.
Bring back OLD set up
andrea / October 17, 2008 at 01:10 pm
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I am not in the market at the momment to buy a home but we are always looking for investment rental property. I search daily to see if there is any listings that might fit what we are looking for.
I think the idea of not trying to undercut the real estate agents is valid but however Why did you have to change the format of the website. If you don't want people to have the address information then remove that info from the old MLS site and just show the area and the realtor contat information. Get rid of the slow map and and put the pictures back to a visual size. I think this would be a happy medium for all of us MLS users and the Realtors out there!
H Wilkie / October 17, 2008 at 01:26 pm
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Bring on the old! What is the progress,come-on get a grip!!! H
Tom O'Donnell / October 17, 2008 at 04:58 pm
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WHO!!! WHO!!! WHO!!! cancelled MLS.ca and came up with this horrible idea for a site. Was MLS.ca controlled by the realtors or was it a private site. I use to spend hours searching homes and cottages on MLS.ca and could narrow my search down to any area in Canada witin minutes. I cannot imagine anybody thinking this new site is an improvement. I have not spent a lot of time here because it is so time consumming and difficult to move around in. Whoever did this...YOU SUCK!!!!!!
al / October 17, 2008 at 10:29 pm
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I have tried to navigate this thing a few times... and it is not user friendly... it could possibly drive people away and perhaps send them to easier sites..
Kevin / October 18, 2008 at 12:19 am
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This new website is a poorly thought out! It's slower than mls.ca and you cannot isolate areas of a city/district. The photos of the properties are way too small. The mapping is not really useful to me; if I find a home I'm interested in, I can use other means to determine its exact location. Bring back the 'old' MLS.ca. While not perfect, it wasn't bad at all.
Jeanne / October 18, 2008 at 01:47 am
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Honestly you guys, I can't believe you did this mess!!!!c Bring back the MLS.ca
Bob / October 18, 2008 at 01:50 am
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http://www.theoldmls.com/
flexcom / October 18, 2008 at 09:48 am
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I had no trouble at all with the old mls.ca. Now I can't easily select the area that I want and the screen is hanging. What a pile of c#$p!. Yes, please bring back the old mls.ca!!!!
Luanne / October 19, 2008 at 10:22 am
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This site is actually unuseable. Whenever I type in a city, it gives me a map of Canada and tells me to refine my search further. I cannot access even one listing on this site. Was this done on purpose?
sheri / October 19, 2008 at 01:20 pm
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The old site may have had its issues, but this new one doesn't even function! I have a Mac computer and it simply doesn't work, which means I can't search listings at all anymore. The site is more complex than it should be and doesn't allow you to search in a specific area--someone really screwed this one up.
Bob / October 19, 2008 at 08:04 pm
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http://www.theoldmls.com/
Torie / October 19, 2008 at 10:04 pm
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The most important feature for peeps from other areas seemed to be the general area search page please re-instate!!! The Map while a good idea should not be such a focus as it takes away from the listing to the side making them to small to really view unless clicked upon.
In general this new site is micro-managed to the max.........to much clicking required............if your eye site is less than 100 percent good luck viewing at a glance........very confusing!!!

Perhaps the public as well as Realators should have had more of an input to the changes as whom ever decided to approve this site obviously did not use it on a regular basis?????

Please do Start over and take the many comments on this blog to heart and perhaps a site that is easy to view and user friendly with some of the good ideas you have employed can be achieved?????
LJ / October 20, 2008 at 09:27 am
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Realtor.ca - are you KIDDING! It sucks! Saw a property on a street I'm very interested in - it wasn't even mapped. The only way I could find it was to go to the realtors site (Royal LePage) and lo and behold - it looked much like the VERY easy to use mls.ca. This site sucks- No easy way to navigate - where's my friendly EO2 when I need it!! Who says mls.ca was hated - it was great! (other than some of the photos needed to be bigger! Grrrrrrrrrrr
Toni / October 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm
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I just can't get anything done on the new site...It takes too long and is too specific in its searches. The old site was fine, why change it?
Kathy / October 20, 2008 at 01:24 pm
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Uh the "oldmls" web site doesnt work either apparently there is nothing for sale north of Kamloops.I hope they fix it soon.I have a house to sell.I know for a fact that my house isnt going to sell through realtor.ca.
To Debbra Curran,people dont always want to deal with a realtor,we dont want to be pressed for time,we dont want to have to hire babysitters.There are a lot of things that come into play.I cant house hunt in my jamies.I am certainly not going to bother people unless I am serious about buying their house.I dont like lookyloos.I dont appreciate having to scramble to tidy my house and leave at a moments notice for lookyloos.I wont do that to people.Its rude and it shows a lack of consideration for others.I have had my fair share of agents who take rude to a whole other level.When I find a house and I am serious about wanting to look at it,then I will call a realtor.
RJ / October 20, 2008 at 09:19 pm
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Uh to the webmaster take a hint from the Comfree site, it blows this crap away.
Alex / October 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm
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http://www.TheOldMLS.com - works for me!
Tony / October 20, 2008 at 10:56 pm
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Must have been an IT person designing this site. Very poor understanding of how people actually search for property.
edna / October 21, 2008 at 12:09 pm
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The oldmls works its just that there are propertys in certain areas that arent showing up.
Jimmy / October 21, 2008 at 05:10 pm
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H Edna, what areas are you searching for ?

Are the properties that are not showing on <a href="http://www.TheOldMLS.com";>http://www.TheOldMLS.com<;/a> showing up on Realtor.ca ?
Kathy / October 21, 2008 at 06:14 pm
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I can't get "theoldmls.com" to work for me I fill it out and comes back as no matches? Why is this not working for me but does for others? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Danny / October 21, 2008 at 10:34 pm
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This new site is EXCELLENT!!!

It was designed to guide purchasers to use a realtor, period. MLS has purposely taken away the functionality to make the services of a realtor more important. Personally, I have 4 realtors sending me my personalized treb.net listings every day by email (just in case). I met all these realtors at open houses and they were only too happy to "force" their free service on me, without a simple request by me. After the first 4, I have been turning down offers.

Not only will I not use their services to buy a house, but I love the fact that this new site has frustrated and stalled the purchasing machine only further.

15% decline in prices for the 1/2 month in October (year over year), in Toronto. I can only believe this awful tactic by the MLS has backfired and helped push this market back further in many areas.

I was planning on using a realtor to buy before they changed the site, but now I will just use their services and ditch them. Sure I will have to buy from the selling broker, but they are VERY willing to discount the price for an independent buyer. You think you don't pay for using a buying realtor, think AGAIN!
WHS / October 22, 2008 at 02:29 pm
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Does anyone know how I can locate Canadian investors looking to invest in US properties? This new MLS site is no help.
jules / October 22, 2008 at 06:26 pm
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Hey an earlier post mentioned this

www.theOLDmls.ca

IT IS THE OLD SITE.
NOT SURE WHY THEY KEPT IT UP OR IF THEY JUST FELT THE NEED TO SUCCUMB TO THE HATEMAIL.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Andy / October 22, 2008 at 07:20 pm
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This new Realtor.ca is so incredibaly bad that it is actually hard to beleive that somebody got paid to design it!
Bring back MLS.ca until you can find something better,because this crap is NOT!!
Until then,I would encourage everyone to boycott the new sight and the company that owns realtor.ca !
My wife is a realtor and even she can't make it work!
Garbage!
mike / October 23, 2008 at 12:00 pm
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Hi Jules,

It's actually http://www.TheOldMLS.com (not .ca)
b. folkins / October 23, 2008 at 12:02 pm
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I can not believe how bad this site sucks. Mls.ca was paradise compared to this, user friendly and helpful it is not. I only hope the agent does not charge me for this the same as they do for MLS.
pg / October 23, 2008 at 07:43 pm
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My brother describes some of the overpaid boneheads he sees in IT, but it still doesn't make me any more prepared for a site like this. I think I actually want its creators to go to jail.
pg / October 23, 2008 at 07:43 pm
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My brother describes some of the overpaid boneheads he sees in IT, but it still doesn't make me any more prepared for a site like this. I think I actually want its creators to go to jail.
Heather C. / October 23, 2008 at 09:54 pm
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Over the past several years I have accessed MLS.ca, searching out properties across town and Canada with great ease and enjoyment. Now I feel almost paralyzed by the new system. Unless I am doing it all wrong, I can no longer pin down geographic areas, and when I do-they are still not the former parameters - ie Edmonton SE or SW, I get a mini-window to the right of the map that has tiny photos, partial data, only a few at a time, necessitating multiple "page turns" and even just basic data only when clicking on the photos themselves. Where did the full screen ads, 50 per page go? This new system is a nightmare, and anyone I've talked to about this agrees. Help!
cathy Hurtubise / October 24, 2008 at 07:34 am
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Please return the MLS site. This site is too horrible and not at all user friendly. Who in the world designed it?
It is an incredible mess and you should read how people are feeling about it and get it CHANGED!!!
Jennifer / October 24, 2008 at 04:18 pm
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Thanks to whoever posted http://www.theoldmls.com - Now I don't have to use that new piece of junk that mls.ca turned into!
Kathy / October 24, 2008 at 07:50 pm
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I cannot get the oldmls.com site to work for the London Ontario area, not sure if I'm doing something wrong seems pretty straight forward but does not work for me. How are others getting this to work for them?
Paula / October 26, 2008 at 05:36 pm
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I really miss the old MLS site. This new site sucks! The new map tool is so un-user-friendly, and has a tonne of glitches that make it impossible! Please re-write this new site so that a person can: pick only certain neighbourhoods within a city, pick rural or outlying areas around a city, and to be able to move the map around without it freezing up. that would help.
Sheila / October 26, 2008 at 09:32 pm
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I was trying to find a positive comment regarding the new look; it is impossible! Some idiots probably made some money creating this terrible site, don't pay and ask them to redo it.
Fred / October 27, 2008 at 03:43 pm
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New site a million times worse: its as if the intent was to force people to have to talk to a real estate agent and artificially make them seem more valuable. Totally bogus new site: I am sure that it was done just for that reason...so you HAVE to call up some agent and become a "qualified buyer" as opposed to being able to surf and pinpoint (easily) what you are interested in. Not that realtor.ca is going to take notice of the CACOPHONY OF FEEDBACK SAYING THE NEW SITE IS WORSE.
Jonathan W / October 27, 2008 at 09:43 pm
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The new site realtor.ca is absolutely, hands down, the WORST site I have ever tried to use. I will NOT go back!
Andre Bentley / October 27, 2008 at 11:02 pm
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Why on earth did you change the format from the old user friendly MLS.ca to the ( can't find a damn thing and give up ) REALTOR.CA you have now. With the markets in turmoil like they are these days you should not waste another minute with REALTOR.CA and JET back to MLS.CA if you want to sell anything. Come on what are you thinking????????
Jeff / October 28, 2008 at 09:51 am
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This is aweful!! Do any agents actually try this and say it works?! Go back to the old MLS and add a map...that simple. This thing you can't even search an area. Like trying to look for cottages in the muskoka region...I gave up.
Maria / October 28, 2008 at 01:04 pm
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The "oldmls" doesnt work either,apparently there is NOTHING for sale in Northern BC.Somebody needs to be fired.
kim / October 28, 2008 at 04:18 pm
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This new site sucks big time. I want mls back, at least I could find what I was looking for. I can't find anything on this shity site!!!!
Janet / October 29, 2008 at 12:53 pm
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Add me to the list that acknowledges this new site is a complete disaster! In the past 10 years, we have bought and sold 4 properties in BC through MLS.ca - all from the comfort of our armchair in California. I can no longer find any in the area we are currently interested in - yet I know of over 40 current listings. This is the least user friendly website I have ever encountered, and boy have I encountered some bad ones!
In a downturning market you make it harder for buyers to access listings? Yeah, that's the ticket! Designed and Implemented by absolute Morons!
Reb / October 29, 2008 at 10:03 pm
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Unbelievable. I have never been more frustrated with a site. This supposedly new and improved is an abomination. Morons! Can't quite leave well enough alone. Bring back the old site. It worked. Was there something you didn't understand.

I love how the author blowing sunshine about the new site is a realtor. Funny how the main user's of the site i.e. the customers think it blows. You might want to reverse engineer who your there for. Yourself or us
Frutrated!!!!!!!!!! / October 30, 2008 at 08:24 pm
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Waste of electricity!!!!!!
This is one of those cases of "if it aint broke don't fix it"!!! There was absolutely nothing wrong with the old very good and useful and user friendly MLS.ca. The less then motivated individual who dreamed up of this new web site should be forced to look at that useless website 24 and 7 for a month as a punishment. When he (or she) is finished this month of severe pain and aggravation, then another month "in the hole" for this disaster, unbelievable!!!! I would rather you just said thank you and be on your way to designing something useful and something that I can actually use and be worth spending the electricity used to run it.
I hoping the genius who sought out to ruin everybody's day has bin fired and has to look for a new home on Realtors.ca cause he can't afford the one he lives in now!!
sheila / October 31, 2008 at 12:28 pm
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this new site is just downright impossible, frustrating and inefficient. I could easily navigate the old site and find any property, anywhere. Now I cannot zero in on specific areas or properties. I wish they hadn't fixed what wasn't broken....
horrible / November 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm
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This new site is terrible. Totally frustrating.. What happened to the map that was clickable..I could at least narrow my search, now I get the whole Province..with no options.
I want MLS.ca back..
horrible / November 1, 2008 at 12:49 pm
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Hey, thanks to the person who posted the link to the OLD
MLS.ca.. Much appreciated.. It works great and I don't have to deal with that stupid google map that does not allow me to zone in on certain geographical area's..

Anyone wanting the old one.. .com is USA .ca is Canada
Janice / November 1, 2008 at 01:43 pm
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What have you done??? Get rid of this thing! Bring back the old Mls site.. I'm going back to reading the paper looking for my new home. Or, I'll search for sale by owner..

You're going to lose business with this mess up.
Marianne / November 1, 2008 at 04:04 pm
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The new real estate site is a disaster. NOT, user friendly whatsoever. It is not even worth going onto this site now, its worthless. I like to keep my eye on real estate, and when the right thing comes up, and I could contact the real estate who had it listed. Now, I am not interested in even trying to look. I will not go through a realtor to loook for something for me. I will contact a realtor when I see something I'm interested in.
valerie / November 1, 2008 at 11:26 pm
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This site is terrible. Is this supposed to be an improvement? I'd take mls.ca over realtor.ca any day. There's no option anymore to breakdown municipalities into areas. This is so frustrating. I am very disappointed.
Jim Leeson / November 2, 2008 at 07:52 pm
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This site is absolutely awful. Comletely unusable.
Ken / November 2, 2008 at 10:41 pm
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please bring back the former mls.ca so everyone can once again find what they are looking for in strightforward non complicated manner !
b. katz / November 3, 2008 at 09:15 pm
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PEOPLE: months of complaints!; 99% negative response (with the other 1% being agents) in a BUSINESS!!!! and NO response....THINK!!!

FACT 1. (as has been mentioned) - the intent is to SELL AGENTS, not YOUR PROPERTY....furthermore, this has ALWAYS been true: do THIS for practice- go to real estate agents' OWN sites; even THERE you will find a WHOLE LOT of stuff selling THE AGENT, and very little directing you to LISTINGS!!!!
FACT 2: the situation will only change when the monopoly is broken by an agent starting his own comprehensive, user-friendly internet-based mls alternative....one which has its MAIN GOAL, the selling of PROPERTY and not AGENTS!!!!!.....
- WATCH HOW FAST the sellers will switch allegiance..(think GOOGLE vs all the other 'cluttered-up' search engines)...there is a FORTUNE to be made here...by matching sellers with buyers and thereby bypassing AGENTS who DELIBERATELY obstruct the process... to benefit ONLY themselves!!!
Norman May / November 6, 2008 at 10:21 am
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This new site sucks,toally useless,why change something that works?Any way to view old site
peterk / November 6, 2008 at 08:01 pm
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The new site is so user unfriendly. MLS worked on Mac while this doesn't. MLS worked in Mozilla/Seamonkey but Realtor.ca doesn't.
Great, an upgrade that works in less ways than what it has replaced. I hope it doesn't evolve into what the agents use: mlxchange.com which is a worse nightmare.
crazy / November 11, 2008 at 03:39 pm
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the realtor.ca site simply sucks, if you are spending a few hours looking at property, it's too busy and spends too much time throwing crap at you that after a few minutes you move on. they missed the ball, they should remmember "KISS", keep it simple st....
Rose / November 11, 2008 at 07:55 pm
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OMG...i give up...cannot find what I want as too hard to navigate...horrible site...what happened to simplicity?
lizzie / November 11, 2008 at 10:36 pm
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absolutely disgusting site. I was extremely happy with mls.ca and never had any problems. I am quite competent to view properties without a realtor overseeing me. Give us back the simple MLS.ca. This site is monstrous.
john hernik / November 12, 2008 at 10:21 am
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The new MLS site sucks big time... Microsoft maps? what the #&$#$& is that? They spent how much money remaking this site and it ends up being worse than the old one... which I may add at least worked somewhat....
Shelley / November 14, 2008 at 08:19 pm
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I have sent 2 emails to MLS telling them that their site is TERRIBLE, and asking for an alternate interface i.e the old one, and I don't even get a response. They have consistently taken one step backwards with every site upgrade. Anyone that is successful in taking this archaic structure down has my support.
Not Happy / November 14, 2008 at 11:58 pm
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This site is so hard to use. When you try to find a property in a generalized area such as " South Shore " or "Annapolis Valley" you cannot. The Map seems to be the focal point and yet any location I have tried to search comes back as not found on Map.

Bring back the page with areas so anyone looking for a specific location can simply check the box and search in the wanted area. This focus on finding by street etc is totally useless to people searching other areas in Canada or Internationally, by area is what is most important to many home shoppers.

When looking for a home on-line the old MLS was easy to navigate to the point and not so confusing. This site offers to much un-needed information. A big map that is useless and hard to use . Really what a Mess!!!

Try focusing on what is needed instead of showcasing unimportant and useless info!!!!

Who designed this Monster??????
Cathy / November 15, 2008 at 11:36 am
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<a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34078321629";>http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34078321629<;/a>

a facebook group has been started protesting realtor.ca site
WTF / November 25, 2008 at 09:11 pm
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if they want a map feature, just have a link from the individual pages so you can see where in the community the home is! Most people using mls.ca probably dont want to scroll the map for an hour looking at each house, they just want to see all the houses fast, like the old system where they showed about 20 per page, not ten.

The new realtor.ca has made my job very time consuming and frustrating as i use the information for comparison as a home evalutor.

please give us the old system back or a hybrid site between the old and new!
Stylin / December 2, 2008 at 11:10 am
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Today I was looking on Realtor.ca, and found a wonderful little home, in our price range, and in a great neighbourhood.

But one little glitch, if you look at the address of the home, it is actually situated in a completely DIFFERENT CITY.

So I am sure the sellers are wondering why thier home isnt selling...well, it is listed in a city 1 hour away! People are interested, but the wrong people! There are two homes that i found, that are posted in the wrong city. And that is ONE area, i was looking on.

Good grief, get it together people!!! What a WASTE OF TIME...this site is.
andy / December 2, 2008 at 06:55 pm
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Well thanks for such a complete change.

The map (which was simple, smooth and QUICK in mls.ca)is now an abortion.

The site is now wholly non-intuitive; mls.ca was a delight to use in its predictibility and QUICKNESS; it encouraged interest in real estate by me and other potential buyers.

The present site (what is it again....Real Estate Agents Incorporated for the mis-management of Information Science!)is going to add to the current market doldrums by inhibiting potential purchasers interest as was the sitution before mls.ca was formed

Mike Tremblay / December 5, 2008 at 11:34 am
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Wow,
Realtors must LOVE this new site. The worst search engine I have ever seen. Real estate agents must be laughing right now.
duncan replying to a comment from apetimberlake / December 5, 2008 at 08:52 pm
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i thought mls.ca was the one thing other than hockey canadians could do better than us yanks but you messed that up too now,
and you are losing your hockey dominance too, all thats left that you are best at is complaining about everything your far left national politicians do that you keep voting in.
s67 / December 6, 2008 at 11:33 am
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Who's the brainiacs behind the new site? Its awful! Ya think someone would have thought about leaving in the search by area feature. I emailed them and they admitted to glitches...glitches? Yeah...just a few!That was 2 months ago. If Im searching for Maple Ridge I sure as heck dont want Langley or Surrey listings included. Get it together guys...all I can say is I feel horrible for anyone trying to sell a house right now....as if it werent bad enough already with the housing market as it is. It was so straightforward and quick before...shoulda left it alone!
Renee Boucher / December 10, 2008 at 01:03 pm
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Comments from several clients have indicated that MLS.ca was more user friendly. One client who's home I have listed for sale mentioned that when he printed out his listing, the print was so small that he could not read the particulars. It's unfortunate that these glitches were not fixed prior to switching to the new Realtor.ca.
Kerry Crawford / December 26, 2008 at 07:14 pm
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Worst site ever. No matter which neighborhood I put in, it's unrecognized. Keeps freezing up, won't refresh, etc. etc. I guess it's good for realtors - the average person can no longer scout properties. Aaaack! is all I can say.
Kerry Crawford / December 26, 2008 at 07:23 pm
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http://www.TheOldMLS.com gets you into the old version.

Join the anti-realtor.ca group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34078321629
outofsorts replying to a comment from Kerry Crawford / December 27, 2008 at 02:32 pm
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Loath the new realtors.ca site, will not be using this. The old MLS site was much more efficient and easy to use. What a stupid change!
Nicole / December 28, 2008 at 04:04 pm
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Oh my god realtor.ca is awful. I used to used mls.ca and that was okay, but this is ridiculous. Sure the map thing is better, but
at what cost? IT IS SLOOOOOOW!
ROY SEMPLE / December 29, 2008 at 12:31 pm
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THE NEW MLS SITE IS NOT SOMETHING I WILL USE ITS SLOW AND HARD TO NAVAGATE, THE OLD SITE WAS GOOD WHY FIX IT IF ITS NOT BROKEN
HEATHER / December 29, 2008 at 08:48 pm
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I USED THE OLD SITE TO FIND OUR NEW HOME..I LIKED THE DISTRICT STLE MAP..THIS NEW SITE BROUGHT ME TO TEARS!!WHAT HAVE YOU DONE????BRING BACK THE OLD WITH AN OPTION FOR STREET MAP..PLEASE
Brad / December 30, 2008 at 04:00 pm
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Whoever did the work on this new search engine should be fired! Period.
It is down all the time now and the database is screwed. Adresses from thousands of miles away are showing up in searches.
Whoever paid the geek that attempted to "FIX" the MLS should demand thier money back, plus try and recover some damages.
The only ones to benifit from this mess is real estate agents because we are now forced to actually talk to one to find listings.
mary / December 30, 2008 at 05:22 pm
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Let's face it they want difficult sites that are hard to navigate so that we have to use the services of the oh so knowledgeable Real Estate Agent. The whole process of buying a house is archaic and ridiculous. Selling your own home companies are growing. It's the way things will be done in the future. it's not rocket science.
rgea / January 1, 2009 at 04:07 pm
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This new site is the worst attempt of solving an old problem. There are to many steps to actually get to the info as well it does a poor job of narrowing down the search area as well as what your looking for. The realtors also need to get with it with it. The concept of having to provide your personal info
to get info is an insult.
richard / January 1, 2009 at 07:52 pm
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The new site is the worst I've ever used. Property guys here I come.
Vera / January 1, 2009 at 07:55 pm
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An absolute waste of time - obviously implemented by the real estate industry to force folks to contact a realtor instead of being able to do their own homework ahead of calling a realtor.
Lance / January 2, 2009 at 02:20 pm
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This new site is a complete joke. I emailed them and actually got a response. I told them I like to search by neighbourhoods, and I'm no longer able to do that. They told me to suck it up, and try to get used to it. I give up, I'm not going to use MLS any longer.
Al / January 2, 2009 at 08:17 pm
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I was going to give you my opinion on the "new" website, but you don't need another "it stinks" comment.
peter fuest / January 2, 2009 at 08:34 pm
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i could design a better site for selling pet chickens.shame on this organisation for trying to keep us customers in the dark
Caroline / January 2, 2009 at 11:36 pm
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This site is a disaster! Not only is it not user friendly (really, who knows the MLS number of houses they haven't seen yet or mapping locations are just way too I/O intensive for a website) ... but it is a total waste of money! I am a computer professional, and I have never encountered anything so ridiculous! Not to mention all the Listing Agents who have buyers like me out there and are loosing sales! I hope MLS gets their money back and improves SOON!
Andrew la Fleur (Author) / January 3, 2009 at 12:48 am
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I'm amazed at the attention this post is still getting all these months after I wrote it. Clearly it speaks to the underlying issue that consumers are (rightfully) outraged at the lack of a user-friendly website for searching for real estate in this country. I encourage everyone to voice their concerns and complaints about the site to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) as they control the national MLS database and they are responsible for Realtor.ca Email your concerns to - INFO@CREA.ca
george replying to a comment from Janet / January 3, 2009 at 08:00 pm
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AMEN brother this new site sucks. I used to use MLS with no probs at all this thing takes forever to load and then when you finally do look at a property it won,t take you back to your list you have to start over. Just my two cents worth but i say bring back MLS.CA
Scott replying to a comment from Tim / January 3, 2009 at 10:31 pm
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I agree - this new site sucks. It's slow as molasses in January and times out before the stupid map can load. It's useless.
david moore / January 4, 2009 at 01:43 pm
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Awful site - completely useless and designed to be so, presumably, to help keep info exclusively for realtors. Take action - everyone e-mail the crea website as I have done and complain. might get some attention!
Beth Reid / January 4, 2009 at 02:58 pm
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I want my old site back. Those who said it was hard to use must be a bunch of idiots.. I bought my current home from that site. and have bought two more since. Although I will admit there were some problems when I listed one of them for sale. This, however, had nothing to do with the site, just with the realtor. She must not have known how to list a property the right way. Mike I checked out your link to the old site but they must have shut it down in my area because there are no properties listed.
Con De La cruz / January 4, 2009 at 05:20 pm
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The old site is definitely better. The new site is a pain to use.
Jordan / January 4, 2009 at 09:26 pm
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So slow!!!!!!!!! I just don't get how they haven't fixed this website yet.
Ann-Marie / January 4, 2009 at 11:16 pm
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Realtor.ca is EXCRUCIATINGLY slow and awkward, and provides random , perfectly useless,and inaccurate search results. I actually e-mailed the website contact at CREA to give them some feedback. They responded (admittedly very promptly) with some basic advice on how to use the site. Being a relatively savvy end user, I found their response quite patronizing. They also asked me to provide specific examples of problems (which I had already done in my e-mail) - it sounds to me like they are relying on the public to do their testing for them. Realtor.ca may be the worst website I've ever had to visit - even lame old MLS.ca was better than this.
Shirley replying to a comment from klaus / January 4, 2009 at 11:53 pm
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This new site is awfull, I complained to mls.ca in July and since then have not use this site much. I have bought house using the mls.ca before ( contact seller realtor directly). I pity those list their property with mls now. Many potential buyers don't even want to search this site anymore. More people are using"COMFREE.com" Much user freindly,comprehensive and sellers don't pay realtor commission. you have better chance as a buyer to get a GOOD DEAL!
Kelly Brown / January 5, 2009 at 04:31 pm
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As a licensed Realtor I am just as disgusted with the rest of you regarding our "new" site. I get far less inquiries on my active listings than I used to and I'm sure that's because no one can accurately find them. I also used to use the site to search properties outside my real estate board area. I gave up too!!! There are a bunch of us that really appreciate your comments and would LOVE to see them continue to CREA until something is done.
Ned Flanders / January 5, 2009 at 09:44 pm
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I used to use the old mls.ca all the time. I've read many of the comments from people who didn't like it - but it was gold compared to this new site - which is just a leaking paper bag filled with vomit. I have a screaming fast Mac and the site wouldn't even load with Safari. Once I tried Firefox at least I could get the site to load - but OMG is it slow, cumbersome, irritating, frustrating and honestly I would rather be kicked in the bag with a frozen hockey skate than use the "new" site. True garbage. I just tried to use it, after an absence of 2 months, to find it's still just as bad as when it was released. It really seems that the only purpose it has is to ensure that the majority of information will only be provided to the minority of people - those people with enough time, patience, and near moronic development who can/will sit through the interminable process of trying to locate a house for sale on this idiot site.
Barb / January 6, 2009 at 01:39 am
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I used to love going through MLS. I have bought 4 houses with the old sight. This one leaves my frustrated and confused. Lucky I am not looking for anything at the moment. I hope enough people complain and they change it soon.
Janice / January 6, 2009 at 05:14 pm
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This new site sucks. I cannot believe how bad it is. It is so slow and makes you very frustrated. I might be in the market soon to be looking for a new home and it this is the only way I can look in private, I just might not buy or sell. The old MLS was better than this crappy site. Who ever is responsible for it should do something about it.
Andy / January 6, 2009 at 09:57 pm
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You keep trying to convince us that this new site is so much better than the old one!
IT IS NOT!
In fact,it is worse!
It is hard to believe that in this day and age,this is the best you could come up with?
Bring back the old site because even with it's drawbacks,it was so much better than this garbage!
The designers of this site need to go back to school and find out where they went wrong!
A truly terrible piece of work!
Bill / January 6, 2009 at 10:37 pm
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The new site is absolute garbage. Painfully slow - almost unuseable due to the speed.
tina / January 6, 2009 at 11:01 pm
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I agree it is just terrible....not clear very confusing. I do not go visit this site anymore.It gives me a migraine. Bring back MLS
Vivien / January 6, 2009 at 11:31 pm
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Absolutely TERRIBLE, SLOW, LAGGING, PAINFUL TO SEARCH FOR PROPERTY, makes it stressful and time consuming. Have decided to stop using it completely and i go into convulsions when I am forced to open it. I don't think there is a website that I HATE MORE than this one! The old version was much, much, MUCH better. WHo are the chretins who thought this would work out, and who the hell is maintaining it????????????????? Do your work properly people, or are you making the site purposely slow so people are forced to turn to the money sucking middle men buying realtor shysters since they can't property search on their own????? boooo, 100 thumbs down, very disappointing.
KevanE replying to a comment from Tim / January 7, 2009 at 01:43 pm
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Realtor .ca is Crap Too Slow
Nate / January 7, 2009 at 03:48 pm
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I find it hard to believe you're a realtor when you're claiming the realtor.ca site is an improvement. It's much slower and it's almost impossible to narrow a search down without the overkill of searching by a specific street. Thereby, you get almost nothing or an error saying you have over 500 results. MLS wasn't great, but it was at least functional, the new site is less than useless for any sizeable city.
Dan / January 7, 2009 at 04:21 pm
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There is a way to go back to the old method:

When on the Realtor.ca site, select "Advanced Search" from the toolbar at the top and you'll be redirected to the old style MLS.ca search page.

Try it: http://www.realtor.ca/propertySearch.aspx

Hope it helps, for what it's worth. The overall update to the mls.ca site is an abysmal failure and I'm completely beside myself that someone gave this new design the thumbs up to go live.
grace replying to a comment from yuriy / January 7, 2009 at 05:30 pm
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I find Realtor.ca cumbersome and very difficult to navigate. I used MLS.ca on a regular basis and I agree that there definitely could have been more information provided but part of that could have been easily rectified by the realtors inputting information correctly. MLS was way easier to use. They took a good system and made it way worse for the end user.

Phil / January 7, 2009 at 07:33 pm
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The main problem with the new site is it's speed. It is so painfully slow. This should be easy to fix - I wonder why it's taking them so long. Everything else about the new site seems fine - but it's so slow it's almost unuseable.
cathy / January 8, 2009 at 01:02 am
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We know the old site is still there, in fact a few of the realtors in my area (perhaps the ones without their own elaborate websites)are still listing properties on the old site.

Why not just pull the plug on the new site??? & switch on the old!!!!!

I heard from someone they're still filling in the same boxes they used to when entering a new listing.
Peter / January 8, 2009 at 02:08 pm
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This site is brutal and IMO deliberately [one has to call realtor from step 1 instead of narrowing his/hers search first, than call the realtor...] changed so "average Joe" is not able to browse through properties as easily as one could do with the old version...shame on you!!!
Peter / January 8, 2009 at 02:16 pm
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300 NEGATIVE comments since July 2008 and so far absolutely NOTHING has been done in terms of improvement???? Unbelievable...
Jeff / January 8, 2009 at 05:42 pm
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New site is beyond horrid...please, lets return to the previous site, at least it worked sometimes.
James / January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm
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Whew...for awhile I thought someone traded in my Intel Duo Core with Rogers High Speed for a 486 with Dial Up!

What an Unbelievably crappy, unuseable, frustrating piece of crap...and they (CREA) are not even contemplating fixing it. In their press release they stated that it's a move ahead??? and that people will just have to get used to it??

The conspiracy theories in this case appear to be correct. An attempt (a poor one at that) to boost contacts with agents.

In this fast paced life I don't have the time nor the patience to screw around with an agent. The old MLS site allowed me to narrow my search to what "I" felt was appropriate, not some scum bag agent.

I will be exploring every option but MLS/Agents next time.

If I had a house listed on MLS I'd be telling my agent to knock off a percentage at least since the website is totally useless for advertising purposes. Wasn't that the "big" sell in the past...you get your house listed on our website!

Piece of CRAP!

Joyce / January 8, 2009 at 11:10 pm
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What was wrong with the old MLS site.....this new one SUCKS.
Can't find anything that I am looking for.
PLEASE GO BACK TO THE OLD FORMAT.
Melanie / January 9, 2009 at 02:57 pm
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I agree, this site is way worse. I feel like smashing my head through the monitor - if it even works it takes forever to load.
Carley / January 9, 2009 at 04:37 pm
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My problems with the new site: contrary to what those in CREA might believe, there are properties listed outside metropolitan Canada that are in areas that this AMERICAN mapping firm don't even recognize. Some complain about specific neighbourhoods or streets not being searchable, we don't even have our town or lakes in our area showing up. These are not new neighbourhoods but in existance for at least 5 years. We're told that Microsoft only updates its mapping info every 3 months.
For those that are down on the realtors, they have nothing to do with the change to realtor.ca. It was shoved down their throats. CREA listened to their concerns about as much as listening to yours. They pay big money to CREA for membership and the 'right' to put their listings on realtor.ca. Deaf ears all around.
Deborah / January 10, 2009 at 12:19 am
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I agree. This new and "improved" site need improvement!
Matt R / January 10, 2009 at 05:07 pm
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The new site is utter crap. It's so slow, and sometimes it plain refuses to load. Whoever was responsible for the changeover should be fired... and shot. ;-)
RJMississauga / January 10, 2009 at 06:49 pm
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We just sold our house and have been looking at MLS.ca and Realtor.ca for the last 3 months and it is safe to say that the "upgrade" is a joke. Performance is terrible, first I thought it was just my connections. We are finding it real hard to search for the new house because all we get is red x's. As an IT pro I actually contacted Realtor.ca hopefully they will be doing something about it in the near future, no guarantees though.
jennifer / January 10, 2009 at 09:12 pm
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I can't ever even get ON the stupid thing. Either slow as molasses or completely unavailable. booooo.
cathy replying to a comment from Carley / January 11, 2009 at 10:59 am
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I am so tired of hearing from realtors who are saying it's not their fault. CREA executive must consist of realtors....you guys must have voted them in .......

What is CREA - a DICTATORSHIP?????

Take responsibility for their actions!!!!!!!! Or else VOTE THEIR ASSES OFF !!!!!

If there are SO many realtors out there that don't like the site - THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!
Alex C in Niagara / January 11, 2009 at 02:50 pm
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I have a theory. People who design or engineer, freeway interchanges, haven't never driven a car, people who design hotel rooms, have never stayed in one and the decision-makers in one of the most popular tourist destination on earth, namely Niagara Falls have never themselves been tourists. It's the same with the people who designed realtor.ca. I am willing to bet, they have never tried to search for a home online. I have some advice for the creators. Don't be a web designer elitist. GET ADVICE FROM AVERAGE-JOE USER. WE are the customers. Buyers rule. Users rule.
Gene replying to a comment from Tim / January 12, 2009 at 07:22 pm
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This is a horrible site , the old mls was so much easier .All that keeps coming up is TO.There is other Provinces and Cities in Canada . Try and get something user Friendly .
anne / January 13, 2009 at 12:18 am
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With ALL (SO MANY!) pleas from us consumers to return to the old format of MLS.ca why have you not returned to it? I don't believe there was one thing wrong with the old format. It had everything we needed and you could go to a district or a region and find a house. What percentage of buyers KNOW what STREET they want? We have bought four houses the old way and always went through an agent to view the ones we found on MLS.ca so what is the purpose of this? PLEASE RETURN TO THE OLD MLS.CA We are planning to sell our house contingent on what we see out there.
anne replying to a comment from James / January 13, 2009 at 12:35 am
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reply to James on January 8
Regarding their press release bragging about their new format, do you or does anyone out there know how to get all these complaints out at once to someone who might care or have some pull? They might be keeping the lid on it.
randy / January 13, 2009 at 05:04 pm
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The new site is not helpful at all. A BIG THUMBS DOWN!
Bring back the old MLS.CA and let me find a property in the area I am looking for in less time that the new site can display the google map. Which is a terrible tool to use.
Garth Cramer / January 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm
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What bunch of clowns or monkeys engineered this site?...and what other group of clowns actually approved it going live???..It is almost impossible to believe they could have taken a cumbersome and antiquated site like the former mls.ca and made it immensely worse - more cumbersome, more confusing and so non consumer friendly. At least you could navigate through the old site and focus in on specific areas simply and quickly... With this thing, it becomes a navigation nightmare. It's a disgrace - particularly for an organization which is supposed to be customer focused!

The fact that these issues still haven't been fixed despite months of negative and horrific reviews by users speaks volumes about uncaring the industry is.
Karen / January 15, 2009 at 03:15 pm
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The site gives me stress so I try to avoid it!! It seems there is not enough competition. The real estate people I have compained to don't know anything about the problems on the old or new site. Obviously they don't look at it. What the heck to these people do to command the outrageous commissions they make??
Property Guys is the best site I have used and I will have faith in my own knowledge that I can sell or buy my own house thankyou very much!!
Confused.ca / January 15, 2009 at 03:56 pm
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Why are so many people commenting on this post? Some people seem to think this Realtor.ca's user relations blog. Why?
Adam / January 16, 2009 at 01:15 pm
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I cannot believe how useless the new site is, and I have taken the time to send my complaints to info@crea.ca. They do not even have the courtesy to send back even a canned response, let alone a real one. The Canadian Real Estate Association is totally out of touch with home buyers and sellers.

For everyone: go to http://theoldmls.com and you can use the old interface.

BUT, please take a second to email info@crea.ca and send a cc to to Marc Lafrance, their marketing gura at mlafrance@crea.ca and let them know who you feel. If you don't get a response, someone must be reading the email.
Adam / January 16, 2009 at 01:28 pm
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Sorry - just realized that http://www.theoldmls.com does not seem to have valid up-to-date listings, so it looks like we're back to having to waste time with realtor.ca

But again, PLEASE write to them and let them know you feelings.
Janet / January 17, 2009 at 12:23 am
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This new site sucks big time.It's made just for the realtors. I don't even use the net for Real Estate anymore it's to frustrating.
BACK TO THE OLD FORMAT PLEASE!!
Carol / January 18, 2009 at 02:59 pm
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Loved mls.ca, HATE THE NEW ONE!!! Why was it changed?
Tash / January 19, 2009 at 11:03 pm
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This site is terrible. I am a IT project manager and would have been fired if I put this site into production. Obvisouly no user feeback was done otherwise they would have made some obvious enhancements like being able to search for certain properties in a given community without making it the most painful process ever. Go back to the old format, it is way better then this (which is not a compliment in the first place)
k / January 20, 2009 at 09:05 pm
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i personally think realtors are scum and should have their sales commision taken away and be given a flat rate per home sale, they are the root of the economic state of the world by artificially inflating home prices by listing on mls thus eliminating the need to advertise and reducing competition by all using the one site, they reduced their work load and increased their profit by ripping off their costomers. i only wish the worst for any and all real estate agents. way to ruin a once affordable nation.
John Manfrenjensenen / January 21, 2009 at 03:49 pm
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This website just may be the tipping point for the For Sale By Owner sites to reign supreme. I'm crossing my fingers...
fred / January 23, 2009 at 03:43 pm
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i have enjoyed using mls.ca for years,fast and easy to use.i,ve made a good living buying and selling realestae using the mls.but must agree with everyones complaint that the new format is no good. in a depressed realestate market,such as now,wouldn,t be nice to have a responsive,functional web site for buyers and sellers to use again.to who ever is in charge please listen to all these people before me -go back to your orginal style.
Karen Bartley / January 25, 2009 at 02:46 pm
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7 months later and this "new" site is still not improved. Can anyone bring back the old MLS that was at least functional. I can open mapquest all by myself if I want to look at a map. Garbage from the first click of the mouse and it doesn't get any better.
Sherri / January 25, 2009 at 03:36 pm
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This new format is incredibly awkward. I agree the old site was much better. Anyone have any idea if this is being reconsidered?
Eric S. Smith / January 25, 2009 at 08:12 pm
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I tried to drop them a line at their contact address, to let them know that the maps don't work in Seamonkey 1.1.14, but Gmail gave up on trying to deliver the message to them after a few days.
Yo Yo Ma / January 27, 2009 at 05:15 pm
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This new site is junk!!! Bring back the old one where I can at least search by an area/community.
jennifer / January 27, 2009 at 06:30 pm
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The new site SUCKS
Iris / January 29, 2009 at 08:36 pm
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I concur with every negative comment above. I've wasted so much time today and still can't find the map I found only once before.
Country Gem / January 31, 2009 at 05:29 am
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Realtor.ca is a big disappointment. 1/2 the time my searches come up with 0 listings when there certainly are and asks me to narrow down my search. Well, if there are apparently 0 listings, what good is going to do to narrow my search???? Also, sometimes a number of listings comes up, then I click on more info, and it goes back to the "0 listings - refine search" page. Huh??? Realtor.ca is absolutely no help and even MLS.ca was better.
Realtor.ca is just as bad as MLS / February 1, 2009 at 10:22 am
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The map keeps moving by itself causing the loading function to start and hang up as if it is downloading terrabytes of information through a 1990's era modem. And just trying to move the map or zoom in and out results in waiting an inordinate amount of time before we just give up and close the webpage whic, ofcourse, will not close without CTL-ALT-DELETE.
liane / February 2, 2009 at 05:19 pm
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This is the horrible site and so is MLS.ca. I always found my houses by looking through the listings but now I can't even access the listings. I give them a town, an area code and nothing doing. They just want us to refine......and refine.......

The MLS site wasn't that bad a few years ago, they had large pictures and it was fairly easy to navigate through. Why change it for the worse. Maybe it's because they do not want people like us to access the information. Maybe they are afraid of loosing their commission? I think the real estate people with their high fees could certainly give their customer a chance to view what is out there. All of the houses we purchased we had seen them on MLS and requested our agent to show them to us. I feel that when I make such a large investment I want to know that I get the best I can get for my money. So please Realtor.ca and MLS.ca get on your toes!!!!!!
Tony / February 5, 2009 at 04:44 pm
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MLS.ca was fine, I've made good use of it including searching for and buying a home in another city (closed through a realtor). I'm now considering selling the same home, my initial research was to be via MLS.ca. Forget Realtor.ca. Clearly somebody at the helm is trying to control access to real estate info. This is likely to backfire. Go back to MLS.ca.
Christina / February 5, 2009 at 05:07 pm
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My response to Bob Linney, Communications Director,Canadian Real Estate Association.

Sorry Bob I'm just not interested! I know how to use the site .....I just don't have the time or the interest to navigate it. It's a complete waste of my time and I won't go into all the reasons why I' dissatisfied. Take my word for it.....It is a terrible website! Whoever designed this should go back to school. Have you or anyone in your organization read any of the comments from dozens of unsatisfied potential customers? There are hundreds of reasons why people are dissatisfied. Here is a link to their blog: Do yourself a favour, read their comments and take action to change it or go back to the original MLS.ca This new site is just too unfriendly and time consuming to bother with. http://www.blogto.com/city/2008/07/goodbye_mlsca_hello_realtorca/#comments
Dave / February 7, 2009 at 08:13 am
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As a realtor, I am disappointed that this new web site has not improved, after so many complants. What are you waiting for CREA? Fix it.
Elaine / February 7, 2009 at 09:18 am
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Realtors and the Real Estate Board has such poor public profile and unfortunately realtor.ca just adds to it.
DARRYL / February 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm
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the site is almost a waste of time. the map function indicates listings from other areas and you cant believe half of them. the site blames realtors and realtors blame the site. why wont someone take resposibility and fix it//?? IF BANKS WEB SITES WORKED LOKE THIS THEY WOULD BE OUT OF BUSINESS!!!! NO WONDER PEOPLE USE WWW.PROPERTYGUYS.COM OR WWW.WELIST.COM
Greg / February 8, 2009 at 04:02 pm
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Possibly the worst and most frustrating site I have ever tried to navigate! This site gives me a headache. I once browsed mls weekly and bought 3 previous homes via mls. Now I can't be bothered. WHAT A JOKE!
Susan / February 8, 2009 at 04:23 pm
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I tried for 1/2 hr to get some listings in a certain location and came up with two, however, the realtor sent me about eight. In other words, most of the listings are not even showing up on the map.
Val Norton / February 8, 2009 at 04:44 pm
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As a former realtor i found mls.ca to be a fantastic tool when I bought my home in Victoria last year. This new site is terrible. I can't find hardly any listings and find it very user UNFRIENDLY.
Bring back the old mls.ca
Helen Mayer / February 9, 2009 at 01:04 am
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This is the worst stinking site I have ever tried to navigate. MLS.ca was so simple and brought up any area I was interested looking into. We are thinking of relocating to a different city and I am trying to get general information of what is available, prices, etc. Of course when we get down to more serious inquiries, we will contact a Realtor. We found our present house through MLS.ca and it was so fast and simple. I am going to look for houses for sale by owner "Property Guys" etc and forget going through Realtors simply because of this lousy site.
harvey / February 13, 2009 at 03:01 pm
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what don't you understand about the words being used to describe your site? just a few .... "worst" "sucks""frustrating""horrible" do you want me to go on? do you read the comments about your site? what are you waiting for? Hello .....
Teddy replying to a comment from Dan / February 17, 2009 at 01:40 pm
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Holy crap! That's amazing, Advanced search is just like the old site! Thanks Dan!
Susan / February 17, 2009 at 02:00 pm
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OMG - you are right, just tried that and it worked just like the old MLS.ca! haa haa
karen / February 20, 2009 at 09:32 am
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This is the worst site i have ever had the misfortune to use.It is the most disappointing and hard to navigate site in realtor history.
( and trust me i have been a real estate agent in a few countries).
It's time consuming, it's slow, it freezes and the reloading constantly of the maps beggers belief.
The worse thing about it is if you are moving to a different area, that you don't know, you cannot narrow the search, for instance my husband was offered a job in Ottawa (we live about 20 mins from Niagara falls)and we couldn't get the system to work.....Why????? because we don't know what the areas are called, so mls brought up everything in the area or it said that the search was over 500
Felicia / February 20, 2009 at 09:37 pm
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The new site is terrible.
Typical of the Real Estate industry to make it even more difficult to find and view potential properties for sale and navigate info easily. The previous mls.ca was far better. The new one realator.ca speaks for itself. It's typically all about the realator (agent) making as much money as possible and keeping information away from buyers and sellers. It's a crooked industry. Their commissions should be reduced and capped. The industy is discusting.
Laurie / February 21, 2009 at 05:39 pm
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I have given up with mls. Our home has been for sale for 2 1/2 months. when you type in our street address, it shows ZERO properties available.When you type in our city, it shows ZERO properties available. This is the most horrible service I have ever had to deal with. I'm giving up on it. I would never recommend listing with mls again-ever. Thank heavens for kijijii and fsbo companies. We will lose our dream home because MLS is so horrible.
eric / February 22, 2009 at 12:58 am
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What a stupid site.

You can't search narrow your search to an area of the city at all.

waterfront hunter / February 22, 2009 at 02:29 am
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this has to be a joke, just lost 20 minutes to find the area I wanted, 5-10 of them in a different province I am looking in trying to move the map over.

gave up, not using this site. privateexchange.ca still works great:)
pat / February 23, 2009 at 06:36 pm
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You people that created this site probably think were just dumb and will figure it out eventually, let me tell you im educated enough to know you people dont have a freakin clue what your doing. your new setup is HORRIBLE, at least if you left up a list of all the areas( you know like w2 w26 ect) that would of helped a little.I dont see a hell of alot of people liking it either....
pat / February 23, 2009 at 06:38 pm
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Oh i forgot to say FIRE THE PEOPLE involed in creating this mess
Username / February 24, 2009 at 05:11 pm
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"pat" - are you at least educated enough to use proper punctuation? Maniacal rants lose their power if you let an 8 year old type them.
STurple replying to a comment from jack / February 28, 2009 at 01:41 pm
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Oh my God I hate MLS.Ca now, The way it was before the maps was much, much better, I use to love searching for properties, now I can't use the site at all, I even emailed them 3 times and told them to at least go back to the old site, but to no avail. I use to be able to put in area's I wanted to live. They were broken down on the main map. Example Northern Ontario. Then you could look in that whole area for a place by filtering what you wanted, worked wonderful. Then if I did want to know where exactly it was I just went to either Google Earth or Mapquest and voila, I found the exact location so that I could decide if it is a place I would like to move to. Now, I have to use their interactive maps because they no longer have it seperated into area's. The interactive map is slow,slow,slow,slow and I just give up. I have high speed internet but still very slow, the other problem was if you zoom in or out, the properties would disappear, very frustrating| I actually stopped looking, that is how upset I am about it. However, I decided to try this morning to see if they changed it yet, and found Realtor.ca so I am going to try this site to see if its any more user friendly. I do not want to search by maps. I want to search by an area I am interested in. In my case it could be several area's because I am retiring. So I like French River, Prince Edward County, Kawartha's, etc.etc. Impossible to find properties without first putting in a location, because i have no addresses of the local area's. The original simple map at the beginning allowed me to search say 5 area's from Southern to Northern Ontario. I would then get a hit in my price range, of a place on the water, and then I would decide where i may like to move based on those choices by the water. If I did not know the area, I would google it, or mapquest it. Worked lovely, now it takes 4 hrs to look for the properties that used to only take me an hour. Sick of it...Anyway, let you know whether I like Realtor.ca since I am going to try it right now.
Laurie Lessard / February 28, 2009 at 01:55 pm
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Can't wait till midnight tonight--then I am FREE from MLS site!!!
What a horrible experience! I can't wait to list with bytheownercom
today!!! Great website!!! I truly believe we lost our chance on a dream home becaue the mls site was so brutal. So often, when typing in our address 540 Silvermeadow Place, Waterloo, or even the city "Waterloo' it came up saying ZERO properties for sale OR
'does not recognize city'.
Good bye MLS, help bytheowner.com!!!!!
Midnight can't come fast enough!!!!
I will NEVER list with an agent again if the MLS site stays the same.
Vanna / March 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm
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After all this time and many complaints it is obvious this site is what will help to put many of the current Real Estate Agents to " ReSt ". With the poor economy, many are turning to "Property Guys" or other user friendly sites to sell/ list their property(s) as well as saving on comission fees etc............... This sad , confusing mess of a site just goes to show that a new way of selling and buying property is possibly not just a fad but indeed the way many are choosing @ this point and time....if this site does not improve , I am sure within a short X MLS, and Realtors in General will disappear to be replaced by various on-line websites or self hosted venues.................. The wave of the future is upon us all & it will be interesting to see how much longer this site will hold on!!!!!
Katherine / March 9, 2009 at 11:44 pm
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I find the photos on realtor.ca are too small. 500px is a good size.
Kevin / March 13, 2009 at 10:31 am
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Honestly, I love the the new search format. I hated the old manner of searching where if a property was JUST outside the limits of your chosen zones you didn't get a hit; BUT choose an additional zone to encompass that small space and you come back with LOADS of unwanted results.

Admittedly it is slow.
Jason / May 1, 2009 at 01:02 am
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I hate the new site. There is no specific way to narrow down your search by area. Surrey is a large city and I am not interested in less desirable areas like North Surrey and Newton. MLS.ca allowed specific areas to be searched. The other thing that I do not like is search based on size or age. I am not interested in small and old places. Its like they purposely removed the ability to narrow down your search. Advanced search is the way to go, but allot of time is waisted showing my old houses that don't have a chance at even sparking my interest.
Pete replying to a comment from apetimberlake / May 12, 2009 at 03:07 pm
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this site is way worse. The mapping is so slow I end up turning it off and trying to view the old mls.ca way... because at least it was quick (quicker).

realtor.ca is far more of a pain.
Pete / May 14, 2009 at 10:36 pm
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I am totaly convinced that creation of this "new" and "improved" web-site is a desperate attempt to boost potential buyer's contact with overpaid real-estate agent/crook/former used car salesman/computer consultant at FS...
Russian Doeboi / June 28, 2009 at 05:53 pm
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It's illegal. everyone has a right to this information.

someone is going to jail.

the old site worked perfectly
Russian Doeboi / June 28, 2009 at 05:55 pm
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there is already a revolt ...
many are usingfree internet advertising and forgoing real estate agents, and svaing thousands-

so yes it;ll backfire
Russian Doeboi replying to a comment from Kevin / June 28, 2009 at 05:59 pm
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Kevin are you a realllestate agent?
yes , if you ASK FOR AN AREA THAT'S WHAT IT USED TO GIVE YOU.

you only needed to ask!

doug / January 21, 2010 at 09:59 pm
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MLS and Realtors are the most useless sites for any good information when shopping for land or farms. In the States you get detail on soil land use, detail on previous use tons of photos and topographical maps, areas for reserve etc. These sites force you to call a realtor just to find out where it is or what it is. Useless!!!
loans / January 25, 2010 at 09:50 pm
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the site is sucks-those guys are smart asses- taking MLS listing and here we go with a new site
Jess / February 4, 2010 at 04:50 pm
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I HAVE THE SOLUTION!! I was looking for a place in Kelowna, and ran into this site online, its GREAT!! Screw MLS and use this instead! It has the neighbourhood searches, the map works, and its fast too! canaterra.com. Give it a try!
Jed / February 6, 2010 at 05:04 pm
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The new realtor.ca site is garbage. I've got two computers configured identically. In fact, one was cloned from the other. One can view the realtor.ca maps and the other can't. This is using Firefox. I don't know, as yet, what the problem is, but when I noted that Microsoft was involved I was no longer surprised. There's good reasons for why Microsoft has such a small piece of the online mapping and search market. Apparently those sphincter muscles have cut off too much oxygen to the MLS brains.
chuck / March 16, 2010 at 10:19 pm
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if mls.ca or realtor.ca sucks its because... realtors suck! try selling your house yourself! its waaaay easier than you think and you'll save tens of thousands of dollars!

remember realtors only look out for themselves.
Rus / September 6, 2010 at 04:50 pm
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if mls.ca wasn't great, then realtor.ca is a disaster.

The concept is good. However, the implementation is awful. It's got my (quite powerful) computer constantly locked up at 99% CPU. Despite making such huge resource demands upon my computer, the site is still sluggish and unresponsive. It's unbearable on my wife's laptop.

Take it from someone who writes software for a living, it shouldn't take a 3.33Ghz Intel i7 to power the relatively modest functions that the site offers. That fact that it does tells me that someone has seriously messed up in the coding department. I'm guessing there's some horrible cpu-eating spinning loop hack in there somewhere.
rob / May 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm
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I use the sight all the time and absolutely hate it. The people in charge of this site need to take these complaints seriously and work on developing this better. Stop assuming that your user base is wrong - can they all be wrong? Why do you think everyone is so frustrated with your website.....because THEY have a problem? Your site needs some serious help according to most users. Wake up.
Dan / July 8, 2011 at 07:11 pm
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Am retired and looking for a place on the water in the interior. How come it keeps taking me to the map of Canada. Do the people that put this site together know there is a province called British Columbia and Cities called Kelowna or Penticton. Worked better a year ago, I will be checking out for sale by owner.
Roy Slater / August 2, 2011 at 03:58 pm
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I'm up in Toronto, but I'm looking for some Bronx real estate. Would this site be good for finding real estate event though I'm still living in Canada? Just curious. Thanks.
larry / August 23, 2011 at 09:07 pm
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CRAP
Craig / December 15, 2011 at 08:31 pm
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Hey Roy,
Check out this site for real estate listings in Bronx. It should include what you are looking for.

http://www.housingblock.com/for-sale/US/NY/Bronx-real-estate/

map search: http://www.housingblock.com/for-sale/US/NY/Bronx-real-estate/
Gloria / January 25, 2012 at 03:45 pm
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The old mls was pretty good, there is nothing out there to help you look for a home. Why even bother with mls or realtor.ca ,why not just get rid of them all and save everyone the frustration.....
James / February 24, 2012 at 07:47 pm
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I'm not certain I understand what the goal of Realtor.ca is. Is it purpose to display properties in Canada that are for sale solely by licensed real estate agents or is it intended to be a vehicle displaying all properties for sale, private as well as those listed by a broker.

I am strongly in favor of allowing private sellers total access to the marketing aids associated with property presentation on Realtor.ca.

There's no denying the marketing assistance offered by a licensed realtor in many, if not most real estate sales is extremely beneficial. However, there are many situations where allowing a private individual the opportunity to flex his sales ability, on a level playing field, with equal quality presentation, is the right thing to do. It's fair.

So if that's the purpose of Realtor.ca, then GO REALTOR.CA.
James / February 24, 2012 at 07:52 pm
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How do I display my property on Realtor.ca without paying an overcharged fee? If I'm selling in northern Alberta the average house commission is a fraction of the average house commission in, say Toronto or Vancouver. Seems the selling work is close to the same, just the commissions are grossly different. Huh!
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Fortree / May 17, 2012 at 08:16 pm
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After reading some comments of this blog and trying to look up some properties recently, I come to think :
Is not the MLS and Realtor.ca site just a part of the realty trade ?
To me they are tools used by the realty industry to advertise available properties for sale and generate a market information.
Interested public will try to pre-sort what they like by themselves and since those properties are listed, they have than to use a realtor anyway.
The industry is not interested wether the sites are user friendly or not, they want you to go to a realtor.
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The Realtor.ca site is designed to hide information, not actually provide it. It is worse than just a joke, it is cruel trick designed to mislead folks. What an embarrassing, stupid fraud! All my attempts to inquire about listings in an area are met with the "Too many properties. Please refine your search". The site is designed to prevent someone from browsing the listings. Why is this obviously restrictive trade practice allowed under Canadian commercial law? It is worse than crap.
Loretta / February 24, 2013 at 01:53 am
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Awful site. MLS.ca was so easy to use. I cannot search properties on realtor.ca. It does not work. Not one property comes up. Terrible. I don't know who or why - I cannot use it. I have tried several times over the past 4 years - no go, nothing, zip.
Sean / May 2, 2013 at 01:19 pm
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I would love to leave a comment, but I never can get on as it always seems to timeout. I can get on it should all the planets allign that day. I have had this problem on different computers, different browsers etc. So I am left feeling, is this something everyone experiences and if so what is the issue with this site?
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Quirine / August 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm
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I have been trying to search properties in Vancouver (and area) a number of times recently and find the "new" site horribly inefficient and actually less than that. Useless. It tells me to narrow my search but gives me no option to do so. It takes forever to load a page in the "map" search. It gives no drop down menu for choices of areas or suburbs of Vancouver to choose from. It is not user friendly and has yet to impress me. So, I am baffled as to why this site has in any way been thought to have been improved by becoming realtor.ca.
john / September 12, 2013 at 07:37 pm
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Now I can't search property because I have a Mac. When I used realtor.ca it sucked BIG TIME!!!
PlEASE BRING MLS.CA back. I was satisfied the way it was... What the hell happened. Whoever thought this was a good idea is an idiot!!!
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Me replying to a comment from john / September 12, 2013 at 08:04 pm
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Look at the date of this "article" and you'll realise that as usual BlogTO was wrong and 5 years later MLS is still with us. It's BlogTO and of course the median age for it's wannabe writers appears to be about 15 so take anything here with a grain of salt.
carolann replying to a comment from Tim / September 26, 2013 at 07:36 pm
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What has happened to MLS.ca - this new thing is absolutely terrible. I cannot make it out at all and I'm not even going to waste my time trying to figure out the puzzle. Why was this necessary. If they require a new format then please have someone with a detailed and organizaed mind put it together. I am so disappointed that MLS.ca is no longer on the internet. Tim, I'm not really responding to your response, but I felt this was the easiest way to get into this site to place a response.
Me replying to a comment from carolann / September 26, 2013 at 08:05 pm
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mls.ca is alive and well.
Rose / October 21, 2013 at 02:26 am
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New site is incredibly shitty. I guess having too much time on their hands these morons decided to fix what wasn't broke.
Barb Schluterstrippe / October 29, 2013 at 10:47 am
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The site is almost always down for some reason. Why on earth was reliability of the interweb not made a priority of the redesign?
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Annapolis short sale search / January 15, 2014 at 02:03 am
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If they want a map feature, just have a link from the individual pages so you can see where in the community the home.
Sandra / January 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm
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What is going on with the realtor.ca site? Its not loading and is ridiculously slow compared to mls.ca (which wasn't very fast). Unbelievable! I'm embarrassed for CREA/OREA
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Ashley / March 13, 2014 at 08:41 pm
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In theory, a new website is great...if it works. Every day I try to look at houses on this website and without fail, some sort of error pops up. Never had a problem with the old MLS.
JT / March 16, 2014 at 11:06 am
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Who was the genius that redesigned the website. WHAT A PIECE OF CRAP!!! I want the old site back. This new one is NOT USER FRIENDLY AT ALL! The powers at MLS that allowed this should be fired!
jennifer / April 17, 2014 at 07:58 am
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This NEW site is garbage!!! It was so much easier to conduct searches and located specific properties on former site. This just site makes it consumers have to rely on a Realtor for listing info. Horrible

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