I guess the best way of describing what third party syndicates are; sites that scrape content that does not belong to them for the purpose of reproduction and to solicit the owner of the data.
The time has come to have this conversation about third party syndication sites like Zoocasa, Homefinder and to some extent even Realtor.ca; the public has a large misconception about how these sites acquire data from local real estate boards and how up to date the data is.
Did you know that Realtor.ca does not have all the current Toronto Mls Listings? I bet that most does not know that but it's true. When a Toronto Realtor lists a home it's up to the seller and Realtor of the home address is up loaded onto Realtor.ca and usually it's the Realtor who makes the decision not to share it on Realtor.ca.
You might be asking why Realtors don't want their listings on one the highest ranked sites with search engines. The answer is very simple; some agents don't even understand that's what the little check box means on the listing agreement, the other reasoning behind it is that Realtors require having full control over the listing and don't want to compete with a site like Realtor.ca especially when the site takes up to 48hrs to update itself. The bottom line is that even Realtor.ca is out of date and CREA should manage the site better.
The reasoning is vast as to why I'm anti to 3rd party syndication sites that distribute content without care or caution. I have attached a video below that was filmed by ARG Abott Realty President Jim Abott explaining the many reasons as to why consumers and brokers alike should not allow webmasters that ARE NOT LEGALLY OBLIGATED UNDER LAW TO PROTECT THE CONTENT have access to it for profit!