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Best websites for browsing Canada / BC real estate?
February 2, 2012 7:08 PM   Subscribe

Best websites for browsing Canada / BC real estate?

Ideally with a good interactive map, maybe hooked into Google maps?
posted by Meatbomb to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
MLS/realtor.ca nearly has a monopoly on this, from what I can tell. Thankfully their website is pretty good.
posted by ripley_ at 7:23 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yup, ripley is right.
posted by Dasein at 7:28 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


MLS it is. The company, by the way, is based in Sidney BC, and its developers work out of Nelson. Which is sweet.
posted by KokuRyu at 7:42 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Another vote for the MLS site. Very well done.
posted by arcticseal at 7:50 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well that was easy enough, thanks guys.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:03 PM on February 2, 2012


Yes, MLS is awesome. You thinking of moving back to Canada, Meatbomb?
posted by KokuRyu at 9:07 PM on February 2, 2012


I really like 604homes.com. Tons more info if you sign up for a free account.
posted by cgg at 9:07 PM on February 2, 2012


Well, starting to look at property. And it looks like I spoke too soon. What does MLS NOT include?

Because just for example, I am looking at stuff on the Sunshine Coast. I found this website, and as you can see it has a tonne of lots listed there. When you look at the Sechelt penninsula on the MLS site, there is absolutely nothing. What's up with that?
posted by Meatbomb at 9:18 PM on February 2, 2012


OK, duh, on the MLS site you need specific search criteria. Sucks, I would rather be able to see everything, or multiple categories, simultaneously.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:21 PM on February 2, 2012


I like BCHomeInfo, even though it's a bit hard to navigate. You choose "Search Properties" and pick Langley, White Rock or Surrey. Then, you pick map view. From there you can drag the map and zoom in where ever you want, not just the city you chose.

The main advantages it has over MLS was that you could specify the age and size of house you were looking for.
posted by Gary at 11:20 PM on February 2, 2012


Just to clarify, I am specifically NOT looking into GVRD, I am trying to find a large parcel, remote and with as few neighbors and as few nosy inspectors around as possible.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:29 PM on February 2, 2012


Actually, that site is just one of many sites that use "MLS® System Search" (which has more options than the search on the mls website). This site defaults directly to map view, but also defaults to Maple Ridge.

If you are going to be looking in one particular place often enough, add latitude and longitude parameters to the URL like so: http://jeffbright.ca/search.html?startingLat=49.104331284933835&startingLng=-122.65634536743164.
posted by Gary at 11:29 PM on February 2, 2012


Meatbomb, if you're looking for a large parcel, you can search by price. Pretty soon you'll get an idea what you can get for 50 or 500K and where it can be located.
posted by Listener at 11:31 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just to clarify, I am specifically NOT looking into GVRD, I am trying to find a large parcel, remote and with as few neighbors and as few nosy inspectors around as possible.

Check out the Bulkley Valley between Houston and Smithers.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:07 PM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


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