REW.ca Launch Party!
|(photo credit @CathyBrowne)|
|@MeenaSandhu (ING Direct) Scott Dawson @SDD (Verico Morgages)|
|Salmon and cream cheese|
|Rudy Nielsen of Landcorp|
(photo credit @CathyBrowne)
So how is REW.ca different?
At first glance its a super sharp, clean and easily navigated site. I like the feature of most recent listings first vs price ascension or descension.
The most noticeable difference is that REW.ca will be hyper local in BC only. (for now I'm guessing)
I have to say I quite liked the breakdown of the neighbourhood details with Walkscores, school info, new developments, demographics and property stats. Its a great overview particularly if you're moving in from outside the area. It could prove as a valuable resource for both Buyers and Realtors®.
They've also launched their mobile version simultaneously which was a wise decision in my opinion. One glaring issue right out of the gate is if you're searching for a Realtor® either on your desktop or on mobile you'll notice all Realtors® are listed alphabetically so unless your last name begins with an "A" you're likely not going to get a lot of traction and if you're searching for an agent there's no way to distinguish one from the other. It would be nice to see some sort of peer recommendation tool integrated down the road.
|Matthew Collinge @604homesguy|
General Manager of REW.ca Ian Martin presented to the group of local Realtors, Brokers and Vancouver Community Bloggers including friends Marc Smith of Amuse Events, Dennis Pang and Rick Chung of Vancouver is Awesome and the site seemed well received by the group.
|Marc Smith @Amuse_Events|
In the end what makes a site like REW.ca useful or not will be the amount of data shared and the functionality and ease of use!
So will you use the site? What would you like to see? Check out the site and let me know what you think!
(Video tour here)
REW.ca - Your New Local Source for Real Estate from REW.ca on Vimeo.
"REW.ca is an exciting new real estate portal that will provide real estate consumers and enthusiasts with a dynamic search experience for Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
We're owned by Glacier Media Inc. and also the online sister company of the Real Estate Weekly newspaper which is distributed weekly to approximately 450,000 homes throughout
the Lower Mainland."