Toronto’s Zoocasa has added the ability to find a real estate agent to its already existing property search classified functionality. In order to do so, the site – which is backed by the Canadian cell phone company and cable TV operator Rogers Communications – has obtained a full brokerage license in the province of Ontario.

Zoocasa has not gone as far as fellow Toronto property site TheRedPin to become a virtual brokerage (ala ZipRealty and Redfin in the U.S.) with its own agents on staff. Rather, it will refer buyers to third party “pre-qualified experienced real estate agents” from well known franchise brands including Century 21, RE/MAX, Royal LePage, Harvey Kalles and Coldwell Banker.

To sweeten the deal, buyers and sellers who close a transaction using one of Zoocasa’s new partner agents will receive a variety of goodies – rebates, cash and gift cards from retailers such as Best Buy, Home Depot, Sears and Canadian Tire. Zoocasa says that these rebates would typically be worth about $2,000 on a $550,000 purchase. Zoocasa will take a referral fee of approximately one-third of the commission. 200 agents are now in the Zoocasa network.

Bringing Century 21 on board also patches up a rough spot that we reported on last year when Century 21 won a lawsuit against Zoocasa for allegedly scraping listing data from Century21.ca from 2008-2010. Zoocasa was ordered to pay $33,000 in damages but the Supreme Court of British Colombia concluded that Zoocasa did not act “dishonestly, unreasonably or unfairly,” but instead “apparently entered into the market without due consideration of the legal issues surrounding copyright and intellectual property.” Sounds a little shaky to us, but both sides seems to have kissed and made up.

Zoocasa says it plans to seek brokerage licenses across Canada to roll out its new service nationwide.

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