How We Got There
Years ago, we took the step to integrate our servers to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver MLS (REBGV) to launch one of the finest real estate websites & marketing services for our clients in Vancouver. Since then, we have since expanded our territory to five other Canadian regions—WLS (Whistler Listing System), KADREA (Kamloops & District Real Estate Association), RAHB (Real Estate Association of Hamilton and Burlington), FMRA (Fort McMurray Real Estate Association), and, most recently, TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board). And we cannot forget about our one USA territory, CBOR (Columbia Missouri Board of Realtors) integration that was done a few months ago.
We have had overwhelming support from real estate agent clients from all around the country, and we have finally taken one big step forward towards the Eastern Canadian region…
Toronto, now our sixth Canadian region, has been connected to Brixwork via MLS® RETS integration to bring you the best listing search & display results for our clients in Toronto. With special thanks to the lovely staff at TREB, we are now officially launching our services in Toronto, Ontario.
Our CEO Jeff Kee will be making a business trip to Toronto between September 3rd ~ 12th (2013) with meetings set up with some agents & brokerages. If you wish to have a private consultation, please fill out our contact form and he will do his best to make it happen.
6 Benefits Of The TREB MLS® Integration via RETS
Here are some of the Benefits that our Toronto Real Estate Agents, and their clients, can now take advantage of via Brixwork Real Estate Marketing:
Benefits to Real Estate Agent
- More fully branded search tools and pages for clients to use
- Effectively define your niche area through pre-defined listing pages
- Easy to share listing search results and detail pages by email, social media etc.
Benefits to Customers
- Map based or list-based option to easily search for listings
- Easily save search results which auto update any new listings upon future visits
- Easy to share listing search results and detail pages by email, social media etc.
If you are interested in learning more, please take a look at the MLS Integration Page on our website.
VUF (June 6th, ’12)
Few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Vancouver Urban Forum (#vuf on Twitter) facilitated by the Global Civic Policy Society, thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia for local industry business people including myself. The former mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan, is the founder of the Global Civic Policy Society, aimed at urban reform policies that make sense economically, sociologically, and environmentally.
Great Speakers, Great Ideas
The array of speakers were diverse, entertaining and engaging. From economists to city planners, from scientists to sociologists, the highly experienced and qualified speakers were absolutely brilliant in their approach to finding a solution to some of the problems Vancouver (and other cities in our modern era) faces, and will face in the future, related to population growth, city infrastructure, construction and city planning policies, and affordability.
Meet Edward Glaeser (Ph.D Economics)
One of the most notable speakers was a New York Times Best Seller and a current Harvard University Professor of Economics, Edward Glaeser. Not only did he have a spectacular set of credentials as mentioned above, but his studies and viewpoints on urban densification and real estate prices across many North American cities were real eye openers, and he challenges the conventional and popular views on how to best control real estate building supply and purchase demand to make cities affordable – and it also shuts down some of the most common pessimistic scapegoats of real estate affordability in Vancouver.
Here are two videos of Mr. Glaeser’s presentation at the VUF:
Meet Dan Zack from California
Another very insightful presenter was Dan Zack, a city planner from Redwood California. He talked about achieving high density and affordability without necessarily cramming high-rise steel towers in blanket form. “Delightful Density” was the title of his presentation, a neat alliteration!
To watch more videos from the event, you can visit the Videos page on the Vancouver Urban Forum website. There were dozens of great presentations, with different points of focus (environmental issues, traffic issues, infrastructure issues, global issues etc. all revolving around urbanization and density).
So then the question that hits us all is, how do these facts affect the livability in your city or neighbourhood? In case of Vancouver, the suffering is the same; to develop new condos is like pulling teeth, especially outside the downtown peninsula. Once you get into the West-side of Vancouver, new developments are almost always met with a harsh tirade of angry residents who are concerned about increase in traffic and decrease in sunlight around their neighbourhoods, while the macroeconomic realities of increasing population & demand met with insufficient real estate leading to price spikes in Vancouver (and of course excessively easy credit was a factor in this unnatural increase in demand – which is why we recently saw drastic tightening in the mortgage regulations).
What Do You Think?
What is your opinion on the Vancouver Urban Forum and some of the speakers? What is the direction you would wish your city councillors took when it comes to city planning for the next two decades? What is the most realistic solution to a livable, walkable, affordable, reachable lifestyle for all?
It seems we’re updating at a breakneck speed, but that’s what it takes to stay on top I guess. Version 3.7.4 was rolled out overnight to offer you features to help you better focus your niche area in the city as a Realtor®. This is especially important for customers subscribed to the MLS® Reciprocity integration feature, because our system will have to pull in all the areas listed under the system.
Featured Areas & Sub-Areas
This is an important notice we received thanks to our client Yujin Jung (www.yujinjung.com Tri-Cities Real Estate, Vancouver/Burnaby/Coquitlam/Port Moody) and we thought it’s an important notice to put out there for the safety of all real estate agents, especially young females.
We have recently received information from members about suspicious activity characterized, at the least, as “creepy.” A person who identifies himself as “Damian” has contacted at least three female REALTORS® posing as an interested condo buyer. In one case, one REALTOR® set up a meeting at his home for a presentation, where he made repeated attempts to initiate physical contact by putting his arm around her despite her requests that he not.
In at least one other instance, he phoned a REALTOR® late at night – again posing as an interested condo buyer – before making inappropriate suggestions and requesting late-night meetings at his home.
In any of your day-to-day business, it is important that you feel secure when meeting with potential clients in public or in private. Always tell your colleagues when and where you are going to meet potential clients and when you will check-in.
If you have concerns, consider asking a colleague to come along. And always remember that you simply don’t have to engage further with anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable. Go with your instincts!
Let’s not forget the case of Lindsay Buziak, a young BC real estate agent who was murdered in a house she was showing to a stranger. Always be careful!
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