Zoocasa Launches Zoopraisals: The End of Realtors is Nigh?
Rogers-owned real estate Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â portal Zoocasa launched a new service this week called “Zoopraisals“. CTV News quoted me in a story they posted on their website which you can read here if you like. They offer anyone a free home appraisal instantly over the internet without any strings attached. This brings Zoocasa one step closer to becoming Canada’s version of Zillow.com which is an extremely powerful real estate search engine in the U.S. and they have been providing property owners “Zestimates” for several years now.
The big question always is, do services and innovations like this mean the end of Realtors as we know it? Will technology and the internet ultimately replace the traditional real estate agent model of buying and selling real estate? Will commissions soon be a thing of the past?
My answer to all these questions is obviously ‘no’. While I give kudos to Zoocasa for creating great tools for the consumer, these tools only serve to highlight the fact that any service professional who can’t prove themselves more useful than a computer model or add any more value to a transaction than an online classified ad will soon be out of business. However, those professionals who are experts in their market niches and understand the many complex variables to go into every single real estate transaction will continue to thrive for many many years. I think you know which group I plan on being a part of!
This is also a great time to plug my own condo evaluation service, which like Zoocasa’s is also free, however unlike Zoocasa it actually contains more than just a single number on a screen as it takes into account my extensive knowledge and experience working in the downtown condo market! If you’d like to know what your condo is worth, please contact me.