Property Search - Were Making It Easier To Find Mississauga Real Estate

October 4, 2012 - Updated: April 18, 2014


   

    These days, people might say they start doing a property search by going to realtor.ca.  This was indeed advancement from finding real estate for sale in the Mississauga News Paper or other printed media.  There are some problems as pointed out by my clients with using the current property search engine of choice…it can be tricky to get the Mississauga real estate they are looking for.  Some other comments I’m hearing are:  “it’s confusing” and “frustrating to use”. If you haven’t used Realtor.ca, it allows the user to search by map, and by selecting criteria.  Unless the user knows very specific information about what they are looking for searches become very general and results may not be pertinent or not even informative enough.  Property search at www.toddlee.ca was designed to address the needs of real estate shoppers, organizing Mississauga real estate by groups, by using graphics in a unique way and providing Mississauga condos comparative data.

    The first three problems identified with property search by realtor.ca are: they ask you to write in the City Name or Neighborhood or MLS zone.  Firstly, entering the City name “Mississauga” will return this response “Your search returned too many results. Please refine your search and try again” simply because of the share volume of real estate on the market. Then, Realtor.ca will present another message saying this “More than one location was returned. Please select the location you were looking for” in attempt to narrow the criteria.  Realtor.ca will list off districts that probably won’t make any sense to most people.  The second problem is, the average person does not know many of the neighborhood names in Mississauga.  Therefore, that question in very limiting based on the persons knowledge.  Thirdly, almost no one knows what the MLS zones are.  All the property search effort thus far has been a waste of time going this first route.

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Picture of MLS results 

    The first way www.toddlee.ca has improved the property search experience is by eliminating wasted time for the person doing a property search.  This was achieved by committing considerable time and effort into grouping all residential real estate by classification: condo apartment or house and then sorting them by neighborhood. This is really significant and different than the alternative property search engines.  Houses are further grouped into sub categories, detached houses for sale, semi-detached houses for sale, townhouses for sale and condo townhouses for sale. The benefit to the person doing the property search is straight forward; there are absolutely no fields to fill out and no typing whatsoever.  All that needs to be done is selecting a choice either using a mouse or a finger in the case of a touch screen.  You will never see a response that you’ve returned too many results and to refine your search!

Picture of Condos For Sale and Houses For Sale

    Map based property search web pages are more useful to show a very general area of real estate.  However, they can have the same problems of returning the same error messages.  Then, once the map is zoomed in enough to show results it can be daunting to search through all the information that is presented. Maps are a great way to find neighborhoods as streets and monuments can be referenced to help the person doing a property search determine where they want to live.  Yet, people find these maps to be too cluttered where the useful information can be hidden amongst the less relevant information.   Finally, some people just don’t understand maps and can’t visualize where they might have seen a particular condo for example.  This leads to frustration as they randomly search for what they were looking for.

Picture of MLS non specific search results

    The second way www.toddlee.ca has made a property search online easier, was to replace the process of zooming in and out of maps and selecting criteria with a simple to understand graphical system.  Neighborhoods are clearly indicated on a master map which shows enough highway and road information to be useful.  Once, a neighborhood is identified as being where the person wants to live, they need only “click” or “tap” the corresponding Icon.  In the case of houses, a list of currently available inventory will appear priced from highest to lowest.  In the case of a condo property search, every condo will have its own icon.  When the particular Mississauga condo is selected a list of real estate inventory is listed also priced from highest to lowest.  The advantage in particular for condo shoppers is the ability to focus on a particular building without ever having to know the buildings address or name.

Picture of the neighborhood map

Picture of neighborhood Icons

Picture of house search results

The Icon, which is designed to be a visual representation of neighborhoods and condos, is key for people being able to use their visual memory in the selection process.  It’s common for customers to ask me to show them the “Marilyn Monroe Condos” (which is not the condos real name).  They know it’s opposite to Square One and that’s usually all they know about these condos geographically speaking.  If they were to look it up on realtor.ca, they might have a hard time finding it using the criteria method as they don’t know the address or maybe even the neighborhood (No, Square One is not a neighborhood).  If they used the map method, they would have to spend time zooming into the Square One area until listings started to show.  Then, they have to somehow find the Marilyn Monroe Condos from all the other condos that are next to them.

    If the Marilyn Monroe Condos were searched using www.toddlee.ca, all they would have to do is look at the map to see that Square One is in the City Centre neighborhood.  Then select the City Centre Icon, which happens to show several buildings including the Marilyn!  Then, all City Centre condos will be shown by their represented Icons.  The Marilyn Monroe Condos would be easily identifiable and selected literally with three clicks or taps…one for Mississauga condos for sale, one for City Centre condos and one for the Marilyn Monroe condos for sale.  What’s the saying? As easy as 1,2,3!

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Picture of the City Centre Icon

Picture of City Centre Condo Icons

    The final reason that people are disappointed with doing a property search online is the lack of comparative data.  Especially in the Mississauga condo market as there are many units in the same building that are identical.  It can help the buyer to know not only the current asking prices, but to know how much previous condos sold for.  This data requires computation and at www.toddlee.ca we have done that for all Mississauga condo real estate.  Our condo comparison chart called the Matrix, you will find calculated are the average two bedroom condo sold price, two bedroom condo fee, two bedroom square footage and 2 bedroom condo fee cost per square foot. In addition to being able to compare condo data, there are also Mississauga condo reviews.

Picture of Marilyn Monroe Condos For Sale

Picture of Marilyn Monroe Condo Review

Picture of the Condo Matrix

    We understand here at www.toddlee.ca that there are many people wanting to buy real estate, and we strive to make doing a property search online easier. We are continually trying to stretch the boundaries to improve customer service and soon we hope to add pre-construction condos to the mix.  Also look out for some really cool videos soon.  Thank you once again for reading Todd’s Real Estate Blog, and we hope you visit again to keep up with real estate news, tips and commentary’s.

Todd Lee is a real estate agent serving the Mississauga and surrounding communities.  If you have any comments or questions please contact us at info@toddlee.ca.

By Todd Lee


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