The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) recently created a new home listing website on its Realtylink.org platform.

The board says the site “provides a more modern online experience with enhanced search and filtering capabilities. Visitors can create a profile and save their searches and favourite listings. Search results can be organized in a map, gallery or list-based view.”



The new Realtylink was created in partnership with Centris, a Quebec-based company that operates Centris.ca. It is the most visited real estate listing website in Quebec and the third most frequented in Canada.

Realtylink.org showcases MLS listings for homes in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and northern region of B.C.

“We designed the new Realtylink to enhance the public’s knowledge about the homes available for sale around our province,” says Brad Scott, REBGV CEO. “It’s a powerful tool based on proven technology. We’ll continue to work with our Centris partner to add features and data to improve and grow the site over time.”

The site also allows users to explore a home’s location through embedded Google Maps options and assess a home’s proximity to amenities through the Walk Score rating feature.

Listing information on the site is updated every 20 minutes, pulling the most up-to-date data from the MLS systems operated by the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, B.C. Northern, and Vancouver Island real estate boards.

The site also has real estate news and statistics.

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  1. As a full time Québec realtor for 15 years… long enough in the business to have used the old systems and now with Matrix/Centris for half of that…. I can tell you that it’s a great tool. In Québec, it covers the WHOLE province. We have access to ALL the listings in the province in an easy to use database.

    Yes, we also have Realtor.ca in Québec. Not sure how much of it is used by other brokers. But my client queries are 50 to 1 Centris/Realtor.

    In Matrix/Centris there are easy to use tools that make me look like a real pro… which of course I am ;-)

    New functionalities keep coming out. Some I use, others… probably work for others.

    Yes, Realtor is Ok… but for Québec at least, I feel that Matrix/Centris is superior.

    All I’m saying is don’t fear it because it’s new. It works… 14,000 Québec brokers can’t be wrong !

    DISCLAIMER: I know nothing except the very basics of the BC real estate market or it workings but I can’t see the basic need of a client to search, find, look at properties and contact brokers would be that much different.

    • I have a taken a close look at almost all map-based real estate search sites in Canada… and Centris is nowhere near the best (in my opinion, of course). The best are Viewpoint (Nova Scotia) and Zealty (BC).

    • Especially in regard to your Disclaimer:

      I could never wrap my head around the need for out of town / out of area MLS access.

      “Networking” is everything and fills any and all needs well. Who has time to (properly) research out of town properties for local clients needing to move elsewhere (much less sell an out of town property using service of a non-local agent).

      There’s a reason I only spent $900 annually on gas, driving a full-size sedan vehicle. And wrote substantial business as the local go-to agent. I referred anything and everything in adjacent, even contiguous areas, to the network I had established over the years. Some areas were only twenty minutes away. Agents reciprocated by sending me their own adult children to do business with in my area. Networking can be wonderful – and productive.

      Where I didn’t happen to have a referral agent, I would simply make a phone call to a nearby contact where I needed one and got a reference. Other agents responded in kind.

      I sometimes heard: why are you referring this buyer / seller. You are only twenty minutes away on the highway. I explained to my clients that I didn’t know real estate “history” where they were planning to leave or go to. It wouldn’t have been fruitful for the client or for me.

      I even referred clients at the other side of my own town – historical property areas I knew nothing about…

      Become the “local” go-to agent. Stay home. Work your local market. Your client will thank you. The opportunity to earn a referral fee instead of a full commission is so worth it. Most years I did 35/36 referrals – clients coming and going. That’s shy side of three a month. If I didn’t do any other business, that would have provided enough income to live on. All just for being a real estate agent connector. But it was important to know who best could service my buyer clients or seller clients.

      The clients leaving my area appreciated being serviced by a highly recommended local (where they were going) agent, and it freed up my time to provide superior service in my own trading area. It’s not about not ending the business. It’s about who can best service the client needs.

      It’s nice to know an overview of other markets; but why would anyone spend time (time is money) using outside home-base MLS information. By so doing agents are not providing a client service. They are wasting time missing out on their local business.

      Respectfully
      Carolyne L 🍁

  2. I can explain it Gary, it weakens realtor.ca, and allows for third parties to rise up from the ashes. All the MLS Boards in Canada should start having their own sites, oh wait they are! Silly industry deciding to destroy itself from within, and nobody says ANYTHING, so Canadian.

    • Hah! I’m more concerned that we’re paying dues to support CREA and its technology and then our local Board goes ahead and spends money on a similar technology that provides no additional benefit. What a waste of resources.

    • Rationally speaking,

      CREA is moving to a direct membership model and as provincial associations found out moving too late to thwart this take over means losing.

      The Aggregation of regional mls data into a CREA database allowed the DDF to be created and for Leads Generated from the Listing Ads bought and paid for by the Listing Brokerage to be taken by others who spent not a dime creating the Listing and it’s Marketing Materials.

      While Canada is the only country in the World to have 95% of all existing homes in the Nation currently for sale marketed on a single website that level of aggregation only opens you to attack as witnessed by ComFREE only being required to join and pay monthly dues to one single real estate association in any province it wants to offer FSBO realtor.ca postings.

      It is amazing today that OREA has not launched an Ontario MLS system but then again when TREB has 70% of the provinces members maybe TREB will be the final choice in the province. ComFREE certainly chose TREB as did all the other major Ontario FSBO companies. You really don’t believe TREB hit those record sales in 2014 because of it’s old members and not the new FSBO members?

      Think about it. You take a listing and spend what $2000 in work getting it on the market and marketing it properly. Your goal is to get more listings ( ie you don’t want dual agency ) but ComFREE instead gets your lead because they take your listing creative, hide your name as much as possible and offer a discount to anyone who wants to list their home on realtor.ca.

      While you can still use realtor.ca effectively and generate as many leads as possible from realtor.ca while maintaining as many of those leads as possible, it means a pro-active strategy must be used on realtor.ca, the DDF and the actual listing contract itself. Simpler to have a local MLS system website.

      Lets not forget folks most MLS system software providers ( ie CoreLogic) allows any local MLS system to launch a local public portal in 30 days that beats what is currently available anywhere in Canada.

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