Lower Mainland residents first to benefit from one-stop website that connects consumers, Realtors, property managers and home builders to entire real estate industry
Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) June 1, 2005 -- Canada Home Guide Inc. today announced
the British Columbia launch of www.canadahomeguide.ca,
an interactive online resource that makes it easier for Canadian consumers to
research, buy, sell or rent a home.
A comprehensive website designed to better meet consumers’ local needs, www.canadahomeguide.ca provides credible, timely and accurate information about real estate news, products and services, ranging from detailed property listings, virtual home tours, mortgage tools, expert advice from leading professionals, plus finance and insurance services. Canada Home Guide is initially focusing on the B.C. real estate market and plans to aggressively roll-out the website in all markets across Canada in 2005.
“With more than 82% of all Canadian homebuyers using the Internet to shop for homes and real estate services (1), today’s consumers are demanding greater access to comprehensive information about local real estate markets,” said Gary Taylor, President, Canada Home Guide Inc. “Our goal is to improve and enhance this experience with an easy-to-use, one-stop, online resource not just to help Canadian home buyers buy a new home or compare home insurance and mortgage rates, but also to enable realtors, property managers and home builders to showcase their properties to more focused, qualified home shoppers.”
To make the home buying, selling or renting process easier, Canada Home Guide has partnered with leading technology and real estate service providers such as Kanetix (www.kanetix.ca), Canada’s first national online insurance marketplace, Filogix (www.filogix.com), Canada’s largest provider of mortgage processing technology, Roomates.com (www.roommates.com), the Internet’s most popular roommate matching service, Invis (www.invis.com), Canada’s largest independent mortgage broker, and Metamend (www.metamend.com), a world leading search engine optimization and website promotion service.
The website provides one-click, easy-to-navigate access to multiple resources, including advertising and listings for real estate service providers and mortgage brokers, home insurance quote generation, home and garden retail directories and roommate search for consumers. Information is continually updated and topics are added regularly.
According to a recent Ipsos Reid Online Housing 2004 study, the incredibly robust Canadian real estate market and historically low interest rates are making the visitation and usage of real estate websites a mainstream activity. More than 86% of Canadian homebuyers agreed the Internet allowed them to look at more houses and 75% of respondents agreed using the Internet saved them significant time.
“Our extensive market research indicates home buyers, realtors, home builders, property managers, and insurance and mortgage brokers increasingly use the Internet to find a home or sell their services, but there was no industry website to effectively connect these stakeholders in one place,” said Taylor. “The statistics clearly point to the need for an industry website that saves consumers time by enabling them to shop for a home, qualify for a mortgage and find providers to build, renovate or landscape their home. We‘ve created a website that provides a solution for every stage of the real estate consumer’s lifecycle from finding a roommate, renting a home, buying a first or second home, searching for recreational property to purchasing a dream home.”
Canada Home Guide Inc. is a leading online real estate solution for the Canadian real estate industry that connects consumers with real estate service providers before, during and after purchasing or renting a home.
(1) Canadian inter@ctivity Ipsos Reid Report – Online Housing 2004
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