The new and improved MLS.ca site has been RE released with Google mapping features that have been to the howls and complaints of users. This new site is the rebranded Realtor.ca
In a previous posting by the CREA they advise that only 85% of the content is available online as some address' or listings are sheilded from viewers. True enthusiasts can create their own HOME Match Search on either the Homes West Toronto or Humber Bay Shore Condo websites. By registering as a VIP Client you can access the entire database.
The Toronto Star posted an update. Nov 15, 2008
Messing with our real estate crack
When wildly popular property site MLS.ca was relaunched last month, no one could have anticipated the furious response. Some of the protesters are even looking for a house
"Since (the relaunch), we've gotten 16,000 emails either complaining or asking for help," Linney sighs. "It's a service that people get emotionally attached to. We understand that. And it's been a huge, huge education problem, believe me."
Linney wants to be clear: The new site, redubbed Realtor.ca in a nod to the industry it's meant to serve (MLS.ca, CREA rightly decided, was a little oblique), was meant to improve the user experience, not hamper it. The old interface, which divided provinces or cities into arbitary segments (Toronto's were C01 for downtown, or W01 for the west end), was done away with in favour of postal codes, or an interactive map.
The problems were apparent immediately. "People had some trouble getting the map to work," Linney says, a verbal shrug. On the technical side, CREA is trying to iron out the rough spots for a quiet reintroduction of the new site on Nov. 20.