August 13, 2015

in Vancouver west homes

Comparing MLS® Listings Search: Vs

When consumers are searching for homes that are listed for sale, getting around finding homes for sale using provide a different experience. It all boils down to how familiar a home buyer or seller is with the website.

Neighborhood Search

This is probably one of the most common search functions performed by a home buyer or seller.’s website will open the page with a ‘Search Bar”.

PROS & CONS: After typing in a neighborhood say Kerrisdale and selecting the price filters for homes between $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 and clicking the “Search Bar”, a list of homes for Kerrisdale meeting the criteria are displayed. The paid advertised listings appear on the top left column, and the regular listings appear at the bottom left of the page.

What’s lacking is the map location of the property. Many consumers would like to know the location of a home in relation to the major roads in the neighborhood.

The one good feature provides to online visitors is the contact number of the Listing Agent of a particular home. This allows for easy and direct contact by a consumer with the agent to find out more info about a home he/she is interested. On the other hand, Realtors with’s Reciprocity websites only connect the consumers to the agents of the websites they are using to find homes for sale. is designed purely for MLS® listings search. The website contains all the listings from the Three(3) local real estate boards of Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Chilliwack. The search function for is straight forward. Consumers can select the City and Housing Type before selecting the price range they like to search. Once the criteria are selected and the Search button is clicked, all the homes listed for sale on the MLS® System are displayed in sequential order.

Homelist has a neat feature showing homes in various neighborhoods of a City. When a neighborhood link is clicked, all the homes for sale in that neighborhood are displayed. In addition, the Google Map features Bird’s Eye, Walk Score and Street View that many consumers like.

Being a Reciprocity Website, a consumer will only be able to contact the agent whose website the consumer is using. Many consumers prefer to deal with just one agent who can help them with their needs.

Between the two(2) websites, each provides different information to consumers. As a MLS® Search Tool, is a better as it is designed solely for home buyers and sellers to find homes for sale on the MLS® System.

If you are an agent, is a search portal that agents can subscribe to have their own datafeed updated daily, and linking back to them by email inquiry form embedded on each listing. For consumers, feel free to pass the website on to all your friends and relatives who are looking for MLS® listing information.

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