Vancouver website breaks down real estate info 0
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A Vancouver website is aiming to consolidate the burdens of purchasing a home into a digestible format to help people scouring the market know where they’re buying, not just what they’re buying.
Estateblock.com, which launched in June, has spent two years compiling data on crime, schools, health and other information relevant to neighbourhoods being considered by potential homebuyers.
The site features such data as performance of students at area schools, rents and nationalities of the neighbourhood.
“MLS (Multiple Listings Service) doesn’t really give lots of information about the properties,” said site founder Vadim Marusin. “So we decided to collect it and to organize.”
He said the next step was to gather information from Statistics Canada and other sources to create a database useful to those on the market.
Marusin added it’s not the first time such information has been available to home buyers, but the site’s intention is to post the data in a way it can be easily read.
“All other sites collecting this kind of information just show it in a table with numbers, you can’t really read it, you can’t really compare one neighbourhood with another.”
The website currently covers much of southwest B.C. with plans to expand as a nation-wide service.