When Clint and I built this site, we asked for a lot of input from friends and family. We wanted to know what their frustrations were with the Calgary MLS, and we also wanted to know how we could make our site more user-friendly than Calgary mls.ca. We listened closely.
One of the problems was the inability to search Calgary MLS Listings by an easy-to-use square foot function. We believe that we have addressed that problem by making Calgary Real Estate Listings searchable by square foot on both our quick search---which is at the top of every page except the blog page---and our advanced search. I think there are many cases where people need to buy a home in Calgary at a minimum square footage point. (In our case we, and our extended family, need that minimum square foot feature because we're Dutch breeding folk. AKA: we have kids like it's going out of style because 8 kids is the new 2 kids. It's true, just ask the Duggars. So we know we're going to need a minimum amount of space to house the pitter patter of many, many, many feet).
The next thing was that Calgary mls.ca has too many pages and questions to answer before one was actually able to get to what one wanted to see: the listings. We addressed this by putting in the quick search, which, again, is accessible from every page at the top of the page. You can do a search for Calgary Real Estate Listings from wherever you are on the site, most importantly, right from the front page.
Also, people wanted to see a way to save the listings on MLS Calgary so that they would be able to access them later. So we now have what is called the "control panel." Once you register for the site, you can save the listings that you like by clicking "bookmark." They will all be saved in your control panel, and you can add and take away listings as you looking through the houses for sale in Calgary.
Finally, we found that many people wanted to be able communicate with their agent, only after they had found what they were looking for. So, we added a button to "request a showing." No need to draft an e-mail, or record the MLS listing number. Just click the button and an agent will contact you to set up a tour.
Finally, people didn't like having to re-enter their search criteria into Calgary realtor.ca every time they re-entered. So there is a function in our "advanced search" tab for you to be able to save your own search, just the way you want it, and you can come back to it anytime and edit it. What's better is that once you have saved your search, it will automatically e-mail you new listings once they hit the market! So you never miss the hot Calgary Real Estate deals!
I hope you enjoy the site we've built! We've put a lot of time into it, and we're very proud of it. Actually, who am I kidding? Clint built most of it. I can't really take any credit here. But I hope you like it all the same.
Until next timeBlessings
The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736