For people who want to peek into what's on the market - or love to know what homes in their neighbourhood are selling for - Zoocasa, a new Canadian real estate mapping site, offers hours of amusement.
The site plots out data - gleaned from listings and agent and broker feeds, so it's not a totally comprehensive list - on an interactive Google map, from where you can click, zoom and snoop to your heart's content.
You can search by clicking (which could take a very long time), address, neighbourhood or city, and get the lowdown on schools, shops and hospitals in the area. One click on a property tab will call up all the property details from the original listing.
I spent more than a few hours browsing this site this week, first hunting for my dream home, then for something I could afford, then for the most expensive homes ... and so on. If you can dream up a criteria, you can probably filter the search.
The site's not a broker, so it won't help you actually make a purchase, but it's a good place to get a sample of what's on the market, the average prices and what's going on in the neighbourhood.