Not only is the new search function unwieldy and frustrating – click for detail on one property, for instance, and you lose the entire search results, but by wiping out the sales histories it’s no longer possible to easily see what was paid, and when. Yes, in theory what someone paid for a property is irrelevant to its current value, up or down, but it’s critical information for negotiating and even shaping an initial offer.
The new system has clearly been designed to push buyers back into the blissful days of ignorance, when brokers were the keepers of all information, to be dispensed as they saw fit. The internet freed buyers from that monopoly and still does, but clearly, the GAR longs for those days, and has tried to stifle its own members when they act as buyers’ representatives. It won’t work, but the GAR has clearly declared war on half its members – who do they think sells the listings anyway?
UPDATE: How about limiting us to being able to send only self-expiring listings to our clients, thus forcing them to Zillow or Realtor.com? Suicidal stupidity.