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New site enters Canadian real estate search

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Maybe it's the dominant position that MLS.ca (recently rebranded as Realtor.ca) occupies in the market, but real estate search north of the border seems to have been stuck revving in neutral for a while. Zoocasa is a new, free, Canadian real estate search engine that aims to kick it in to gear. Zoocasa covers the Canadian market from coast to coast and marries real estate search with research tools, like neighborhood guides and listing comparisons that are aimed at home buyers. The site does a few things really well. The search queries are fast and results are returned quickly. The site's pale-blue, Web 2.0 palette is a little predictable but not obnoxious. Individual listing pages map the home with the obligatory Google map and the expected property details (only one photo, however!). A unique touch is its Commute Cost Calculator, where you can punch in the address of your work, the fuel consumption of your vehicle, and average cost per litre of gas and Zoocasa will re...