Real Estate - Understanding The MLS
Effective Real Estate Marketing Strategies
Copyright © 2005, Lanard Perry
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MLS is the Multiple Listing Service.
The MLS is a database - an extremely convenient way to know what
properties are for sale at any given moment. This makes it very
useful to real estate agents and brokers.
Basically, the MLS is like a huge property warehouse. When a
property is available for sale, it enters the warehouse. When it
is sold, it leaves the warehouse.
The MLS only contains information since real estate cannot
actually be stored in a warehouse. This information comes from
the various brokers that exist in the scope of an MLS.
Why the MLS works for home buyers
First of all MLS is very convenient. Buyers can browse through
the available properties listed on an MLS.
Using the MLS also does not cost anything. It is a free service
that is sponsored by the Realtors advertising their available
On the MLS, a buyer is not limited to choosing among a few
available properties. Usually, the
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MLS makes available many
available properties that are for sale.
In the olden days, when information was limited, a buyer would
only be able to visit a few homes per day. He or she would also
need to communicate with the agent for details and such.
With MLS, the buyer can start browsing from the comfort of his
or her home. Details regarding the property are also listed
Aside from the written details, MLS usually provides pictures of
the property. Other advanced MLS implementations even have other
surveying tools that help buyers come to decisions regarding
their desired property.
Fitting the Bill
MLS also helps the buyer by narrowing down choices to those that
fit the buyer's desires. The buyer supplies information on his
or her desired property to the MLS site. This information
includes desired area, size of property, age, location, and
others. The buyer is then given a set of houses that fit that
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MLS also makes it easier for the buyer to contact the realtor.
Details the realtor are listed along with the property to allow
straightforward communication between buyer and realtor.
It may be hard to believe but the real estate industry has
benefited a lot from MLS. MLS is the next step in real estate
evolution. It is relatively safe and is very convenient. As the
MLS grows in popularity, more and more realtors avail of its
listings. For the buyer, this can only mean good things more
choices, better decisions.
About the author:
Jay is the web owner of http://www.homes-in-california.comCalifornia Homes:
Buying or Selling, a website that provides information on
California real estate buying, negotiating, financing, and more.
You can visit his website at: California Real
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