What is an MLS?
The chances are that you have spent a little time online searching for homes. After all, most home searches begin online or on your phone. You may have even used a broker’s website or a site like Realtor.com, Trulia, or Zillow to help you browse listings.
Source of Listing Information
Back in the day, before the Information Age revolution, brokers gathered and exchanged information about their properties. The idea was fairly straightforward: I’ll help you sell your properties if you help me sell mine. It’s a “private offer of cooperation and compensation.” Cooperation meant the real estate industry could thrive, and buyers and sellers could enjoy smoother transactions.
This spirit of cooperation gave rise to Multiple Listing Service(s) (MLS). By consolidating information about housing inventory in an MLS, listing brokers and buyers’ brokers can easily share up-to-date information about homes on the market. Though an MLS is typically a private database available to brokers, much of the data is syndicated to outside sites in the interest of casting a wider net for buyers and sellers.
Since the MLS is the primary source of information about a property, it tends to be the most accurate. In addition to the information available to the public online, the MLS may also contain private data for use by brokers only, such as times the home is available for showings and seller contact information.
There are upwards of 850 MLS databases in the U.S. As you can imagine, just as technology and the real estate market change, the structure of the MLS is continuously being analyzed and revised to make it as user-friendly for the industry as possible. There is market pressure to centralize these into a national MLS database. Undoubtedly, we are sure to see changes in the future use of the Multiple Listing Services, but the core benefits to home sellers and buyers are certain to remain.
MLS Databases in Arizona
What MLS databases are in Arizona? Better Homes and Gardens Bloomtree Realty uses PAAR and ARMLS for their MLS Database. The great news, we have recently changed our platform to make searching easier for our clients. Now, even though I am a real estate agent in Prescott, Arizona, you can search the entire state of Arizona from my website. The website directly taps into both the PAAR and ARMLS databases to give you more options when searching for homes for sale.
The listing feed that you can use on our website is one of the most user-friendly and most accurate feeds in the industry.
If you have questions on one of the properties you view, contact me and we can help answer your questions.