Having insights into market activity specific to a certain region is an advantage for home both home buyers and home sellers, and many of these people will look to their realtor to have that information for them. You should be able to do that for them, and you should also be able to tell them that they can do that themselves too.
It was only just a couple of years ago that freedom of information access to real estate market activity was possible in most provinces of Canada, but it’s also true that in some of them this information is still not made public.
There’s some degree of good fortune in the fact that most major metro areas do make this information available. Being able to point clients in the right direction with all of that is going to be a part of presenting yourself as the ‘local expert’ these folks will be looking for when they decide to work with a real estate agent.
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That’s enough for that, but what we will look at today is where clients and realtors alike can access real estate sold data in Canada.
Changes Since 2011
It used to be that brokerages, agents or anyone else could publish sold data or historical information about a property. It was in 2011 that the Toronto Real Estate Boards began to allow the publication of sales data and other information. Thing have progressed similarly in other big cities in Canada, but it is still not readily available everywhere in the country.
In countries like the UK and the USA, this information is available everywhere.
So the way it’s been is that where the information is kept private buyers and sellers usually access information through a Realtor or by paying a nominal fee at their land transfer offices. As you’d imagine nowadays there are online portals where sold data can be easily accessed.
Province by Province
New Brunswick – real estate sales data has been available since 2009, and you use a PAN, PID or a street address to get data or you search using a map at the Service New Brunswick website.
Nova Scotia – real estate sales data has been available since 2010 but is restricted to those who have an Assessment Account Number (AAN) or a PIN Number and are able to access the Nova Scotia Property Assessment
Ontario – Smaller brokerage websites started to share information as early as December 2017. Information is not made available in a Provincial resource made available to the public but most real estate professionals will be able to get this information for you.
Alberta – real estate sales data can be found on the Alberta government’s registries site, but you will need to create an account and some specific information may be pay-to-access.
British Columbia – real estate sales data information found on some individual sites, and many real estate brokerages have regularly-updated data made available on their websites.
Saskatchewan – only paid searches are possible through the Saskatchewan Government website
Manitoba – Among others, the best source for real estate sales data here is ForSold. Manitoba Assessment only offers sold data for cities and towns if you have a Roll number and Winnipeg real estate sales data is excluded.
Quebec – only paid searches available through Government of Quebec for tracking real estate sales
Newfoundland – information not made available
Prince Edward Island – Only paid searches available through Government of Prince Edward Island
Nunavut – real estate sales information not made available
Yukon – information not made available
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