Listing your home on the Multiple Listing Service or MLS is a great way to gain exposure for your home, or to find your dream home to buy. The MLS is the main tool for agents and brokers alike, and now home owners and buyers have at least limited access as well. All of the information that is stored in to the MLS was entered by various brokers.
Many buyers are starting to take advantage of the technological advantage to search for their home on their own. With the MLS you are able to easily browse through specific types of property and homes that are stored into the system. Not only is this service helpful but it is also cost free.
When using the MLS a buyer is not limited to choosing among a few available properties. Depending on your search criteria, homes that match what you are looking for will appear in the results. Prior to web based MLS access, buyers had to settle for blurry faxed copies, or snail mailed home information.
The MLS is designed to showcase as many home options to buyers as possible, to help them make an educated decision. The MLS will show all of the current homes that are for sale that meet your search criteria. Given that prior to the modern online MLS system, buyers were limited to black and white print copies for their description of homes. For the bulk of the information on any specific home, a buyer had to contact the listing agent.
The MLS provides the written details regarding a home, as well as pictures of the property. Many MLS programs even incorporate aerial photos from Google Earth. Home buyers browsing today’s MLS can narrow their search by eliminating property that is too high priced, too small or on too small of a lot.
With the MLS you are also able to contact the Realtor easier. Buyers can always learn more by contacting the listing agent directly so they get the inside scoop on their target property.