(PRWEB) March 11, 2014
Tech start-up Parkbench.com is making life in your neighbourhood better, starting with your move to a new neighbourhood, to connecting with neighbours of similar interests, to discovering local businesses and events close to home.
Parkbench expanded to 20 new neighbourhoods on March 1, 2014, and the website has a new design and many new features, the most exciting of which is the integration of a real estate property search powered by MyRealPage - this superior search brings users more listings than MLS and Realtor.ca. To compliment the property search, Parkbench has also partnered with the true neighbourhood real estate experts in each of Toronto’s neighbourhoods.
At one time, Canada’s multiple listing service was offered only to licensed real estate agents, but has since become available for everyone online. This has changed the way people buy and sell real estate, and in Toronto’s red-hot market, competition is fiercer than ever. But even with access to so much material, trying to find the information needed to make educated decisions can be daunting—there’s a lot of scattered, inaccurate, out-of-date, or misleading info out there.
“With the proliferation of information available online, it is easy for most to find out about homes for sale. A dedicated neighbourhood realtor is someone who, by hard work and dedication to his 'hood, is a guide that helps interpret all the chatter and noise, and provide expert advice to help bring his client home,” says Chander M. Chaddah, a broker with Sutton Group.
“We have true neighbourhood real estate experts that our users can turn to when they have questions and want to buy or sell a home,” says Grant Findlay-Shirras, CEO of Parkbench. “Buying or selling a home is a major transaction. Consumers need to have a realtor who has several years of experience in their neighbourhood and a long list of clients—someone who has in depth knowledge on every nook and cranny in the area. We’ve hunted down the true neighbourhood real estate experts for our users. We give them a comprehensive search tool for properties, and parkbench is a central place to find out all the places to go, things to do, services to use, and key information about a neighbourhood. We’re in the process of adding even more valuable data about neighbourhoods to become the most useful site for home buyers,” says Findlay-Shirras.
There are more than 37,000 real estate agents in the city of Toronto, and it’s one of the hottest real estate markets around. Yet one of the biggest challenges Torontonians face when buying or selling a home is finding a reliable, knowledgeable agent. It’s important house hunters learn everything they can about the neighbourhood they like, so they feel confident about their purchase. By giving people the most information about a neighbourhood, all in one place, Parkbench is making the real estate process easier and faster, so your new neighbourhood life is better.
Currently, Parkbench is only available in Toronto, but Findlay-Shirras and partner Amanda Newman hope to soon branch out to Vancouver, as well as U.S. cities like Boston and New York.
Here is a video from Parkbench on how they make moving to a new neighbourhood easier.
Parkbench was founded in 2013 by couple Grant Findlay-Shirras and Amanda Newman. Parkbench was created to make it easier for people to uncover everything they need in their neighbourhood, all in one place.
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