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by oli
Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

Realtor.ca is really just a lead generation portal for Realtors - it's not like Realtors are providing it out of good will. IMO, it's informative and easy to use enough. What makes it anticompetitive is that Realtors intentionally hides some of the critical data - time on market and sold prices (whi...
by oli
Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

The Monopoly argument is so dead it isn't even funny. With the amount of choices the public now has, your arguments are about as fresh as the Thanksgiving turkey still stuck in the back of our fridge. :wink: So where is Property Guys? 1% Realty? Mere postings? ERealty, ..... the list is endless? Wh...
by oli
Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

its already half the price in bc Half the price compared to Ontario/US? Still tens of thousands of dollars though, especially given BC prices... Big rip off imo. I know there's tons of costs for realtors but the fee right now is too ridiculous. Totally not proportional to the amount of services pro...
by oli
Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

Final submissions in the case are set to take place in Ottawa on November 2! God, I hope they finally start to bust up this freaking monopoly. Nah, the monopoly lives on. In the US, people have access to this data, but Realtors are still prevalent and rates are still high. The biggest reason: Buyer...
by oli
Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

There are TONS of stratas who do not allow public access to their documents.
Is it written in their bylaws? How do they regulate this? Strata agent only gives access to people with their face on bus benches?
by oli
Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

Actually, strata documents are available to the public, you just have to pay for it. https://www.estratahub.com/ordering.html it's usually x cents/pg. Anyone with an email address can sign up and order these documents. For solds, even AFTER the deal has been COMPLETED, the public can't see this info...
by oli
Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: The Golden Ticket?
Replies: 14
Views: 7882

Re: The Golden Ticket?

Where's your property located?

I've also heard Developers targeting old condo buildings at the west end and offering double the market value!
by oli
Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

Realtors do pay for the system. But the system itself is just a vault that locks up the data. The actual data itself is public information. If this is public information, then there is nothing stopping you (or anyone) from compiling this data and presenting it for the public to use and enjoy. You w...
by oli
Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

If the TREB does lose, I wonder if there will be zillow like websites coming to Canada. There is no chance for that. In Canada MLS rules. Private websites are around but totally ineffective. In the US there are severals MLS's but nothing like the Canadian MLS. I think TREB is fighting a losing batt...
by oli
Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:58 am
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

Who's gonna win this time? The TREB might lose some ground but last time it was a clear victory for the RE boards. Remember the Mere Posting joke? Oh yea. What a joke. It's refreshing to hear an honest comment from the other side. :) If the TREB does lose, I wonder if there will be zillow like webs...
by oli
Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: Too Good to be True? Rent-To-Own
Replies: 15
Views: 12333

Re: Too Good to be True? Rent-To-Own

Interesting, thanks for sharing. But isn't this the opposite? 'Buy to rent out'

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy_to_let
by oli
Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

not true. You have to be a client (looking to buy or sell a home). Mike Stewart kindly offered me his service...but only because I torment the bears with the data. And you give mr. mike lucrative commissions... no, he give me a stick to beat the bears with. I think he derives enough satisfaction fr...
by oli
Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:10 am
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

not true. You have to be a client (looking to buy or sell a home).
Mike Stewart kindly offered me his service...but only because I torment the bears with the data.
And you give mr. mike lucrative commissions...
by oli
Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

when i looked half an hour ago there were plenty of vancouver realtors offering the vow service
They must have taken it all down when i started looking then :wink:
by oli
Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: Real Estate Talks
Topic: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold prices)
Replies: 65
Views: 31962

Re: TREB vs Competition Bureau on Real Estate Data (sold pri

you can find virtual office websites in vancouver, but not in toronto. they are available in vancouver https://www.google.ca/search?site=&source=hp&q=vancouver+vow&oq=vancouver+vow&gs_l=hp.3..0l10.2712.4554.0.4707.22.14.1.3.3.0.1435.2650.3j6j1j7-1.11.0....0...1c.1.64.hp..9.13.1126.0.7pcaCXv9pds Thi...