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APR takes you behind the curtain of the MLS: What is an MLS?

November 21, 2018

When you need to find a recipe, you go to Google. When your agent needs to find your new home, they go to the MLS.

The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is a database of all the homes for sale in a given area. Each MLS is specific to a region, and agents subscribe to each MLS to have access to its listing data. The more MLSs an agent subscribes to, the broader their geographic range when searching for a home.

What does that mean for you?

If you’re a buyer:

The MLS is the most reliable and complete source for current home listings. Working with an agent who is an MLS member means you have access to the most up-to-date list of homes on the market.

If you’re a seller:

When your home is listed in the MLS, every agent working with an active buyer in the area is notified of your listing. That’s more powerful than any marketing or advertising.


Alain Pinel agents are ready to help you navigate your next real estate moment.


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