As of a few days ago, myRealPage has gained access to public open house information from several real estate boards, including Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Chilliwack [correction: Calgary and Edmonton exhibit some data issues on the real estate board’s database side; we’ll work with the board to rectify them]. We were quick to make this information available in all our public listing searches. Since, then, we heard some concerns from REALTORS® who believe that this feature should be reserved for use on an opt-in basis only by the website owner. We decided to follow through with that and err on the side of caution, as it is important for us that you remain in the “driver’s seat” with your website and listings and we don’t jeopardize your online strategies with our new feature additions and enhancements.
Hence, we created an opt-in for the public open houses. You will be able to specify whether you would like to show the open houses in your public (Reciprocity) searches, whether you would only show it to logged in VOW users, or not at all. You will find this setting in the Listing Options:
We are currently in talks with our real estate boards that we already have data agreements in place with, to provide the same open house information to their respective members. We will update you as we get more information.
If you have suggestions or feedback, please leave your comment or drop me a line to: bill-at-myrealpage.com