House-hunting in Vancouver without the hair-tearing

Dec 19 2017, 3:18 pm

At its best, house-hunting is full of excitement and hope, enlivened by the dream of discovering just the right treasure in just the right neighbourhood. At its worst, it can be a draining death-march that leaves you longing for the old days, when you just evicted a bear and took over his cave. Going online doesn’t always help: the big generic sites are overwhelming and not exactly user friendly. That’s why it’s such a delight to come across a genuinely helpful, engaging site like

First off, it’s visual—you start with a big map, and indicate what you’re after with very clear search settings. You can be highly specific or leave a lot of leeway. Search results are beautifully laid out, with none of the clutter and fussiness you see elsewhere. Big images are always a plus for the buyer, and must make sellers happy too—they really put the character of the property front-and-centre.

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Second, it’s helpful without being pushy. There’s no annoying back-and-forth to searching—you can gradually refine what you’re after. There’s a mortgage calculator right there on the page for each property, not buried on a separate part of the site. There’s a ton of detail about each property, but thoughtfully laid out, not jumbled into a wall of text. The priority is obviously the reader’s comfort—not corporate branding or ego.

Finally, it’s personal and local. Kevin Frank obviously loves Vancouver, and loves his specialty areas, Kitsilano and Point Grey. That comes across in his blog, and in every aspect of the site. It’s not just attractive and pleasant, it’s so unobtrusively supportive and fun you soon forget about returning to the cave, and start dreaming about that perfect hidden jewel of a home. Most impressive.

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