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Industry watchers take note — Seattle-based real estate search site Zillow is making its way to Canada in the new year.
“We hope to have Canadian listings on the site this year,” Zillow spokesperson Alexa Fiander tells BuzzBuzzNews in an email statement. “We know U.S. buyers are interested in purchasing Canadian property.”
Zillow Group, which owns the Zillow brand, filed paperwork to lobby the Canadian government late last year. Now, the company will have a presence at the Ontario Real Estate Association’s REALiTY conference on February 27 to March 1.
Zillow chief industry development officer Errol Samuelson will be a featured speaker, and could speak to how the company plans to feature Canadian listings.
“Zillow has announced they’re going to start doing business in Canada starting 2018, so we invited them to our conference so our realtors can look them in the eye and see what they have to offer for both our realtors and our consumers,” OREA CEO Tim Hudak told BuzzBuzzNews in a Facebook Live interview.
Sources with knowledge of the matter previously confirmed to BuzzBuzzNews that Samuelson has been having exploration conversations in Ottawa about the possibility of adding Canadian listings to the site.
“We thinking adding Canadian listings to Zillow would be of interest to U.S. buyers, and would help increase exposure to Canadian homes for sale, benefiting both home sellers and professionals,” Fiander tells BuzzBuzzNews.
Launched in 2006, Zillow has a database of over 110 million US homes, according to its site.