Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Hits New Record For Monthly Visits

As I have stated on numerous prior occasions, along with other products and services, the Internet has had a profound impact on the marketing of real estate.  Print advertising continues to decline and loose traction in its effectiveness as more and more consumers look online for virtually everything from big ticket items such as cars and homes to smaller, everyday commodities like books, clothes and everything in between. has long been the website of choice for Canadian consumers to search out their next home, cottage or other property.  Contrary to popular belief, is not the MLS® used by REALTORS® which prompted the name change from to several years ago. is merely a consumer real estate website owned and maintained by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) where MLS® listed properties are posted, in order to expose them to potential buyers across both Canada and globally.

 The month of April has seen a number of significant milestones for CREA’s technology products including attracted 22.4 million visitors in April, which set a new record for the site. It also exceeded 6.7 million mobile sessions with more and more Canadian using their smart phones and tablets to access the Internet. 

  If you have your home, condominium or other property listed for sale via MLS® and doubt the impact that a strong Internet presence offers I suggest you speak to your listing REALTOR®.  They have a back door pass so-to-speak which provides a summary of the number of consumer views your listing is attracting and this is often a good indicator as to the market activity that exists for your type of property at any given time.

  If you are a frequent visitor to I would love to hear from you, what your device of choice is to access the site.  Is it a desktop, laptop computer, your iPhone, iPad or another mobile device?

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.