Adam Major
Adam Major

Vancouver brokerage Holywell Properties is now putting sold prices online for homes sold through the MLS systems of Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Chilliwack and area on its website at Zealty.ca.

The site’s interactive map provides MLS sold prices soon after they are provided to the real estate board, the company says. It includes a year’s worth of detail on sold properties as well as four years of MLS transaction history for all properties in the Lower Mainland.



The real estate boards are not making the information available in their VOW feeds yet as they study how the Toronto Real Estate Board complies with a Competition Tribunal order to include it and other data, after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled it would not hear TREB’s appeal of the order.

Holywell Properties managing broker Adam Major says the company created a “workaround” to provide the information until the boards begin offering it. Clients can access sold information by creating a password-controlled account on Zealty.ca. “This also allows them to get access to additional market information that is hard to find anywhere else in B.C., including neighbourhood-specific sales statistics, MLS transaction history and recently sold comparable properties,” the company says.

The website’s interactive map also has information on active MLS property listings for the entire province, information about public and independent schools throughout B.C., regional climate information and the location of Agricultural Land Reserve tracts, the company says.

“We’re thrilled with the Supreme Court’s decision because we can now deliver this vital information to our clients,” says Major.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I hope their promotion of the exclusive availability of this new feature (that may/may not be authorized in BC by the TREB precedent) isn’t classified as “Advertising” – NB a) if this firm was in Ontario, & b) if their announcement was deemed “Advertising” then it probably would be an infraction. I guess we’ll know soon enough …. Often pushing the envelope in contravention to self-signed, sealed & delivered regs & rules …has consequences …. particularly in a land ruled by laws – not scofflaws.

    • I think the real scofflaws are the real estate boards who — as the TREB decision illustrates — clearly have illegal policies/rules and who are stalling on releasing data (to their members) for inclusion in VOWs. The only progressive boards in the country (so far) seem to be in Nova Scotia. TREB is still kicking and screaming but at least the finally seems to be supporting their members. The others… who knows?? Their legal exposure for anti-competitive behaviour is huge!

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