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What is the MLS?

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If you’re considering buying or selling a home, you might have heard the term MLS. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, you may be wondering about the meaning of MLS in real estate and how and why real estate agents use MLSs.

MLS stands for multiple listing services and involves agents cooperating with one another on producing buyers for a myriad of property listings. The concept stems from the late 1800s when brokers met at local association offices and discussed properties for sale. If one agent had an interested buyer, the listing agent would agree to split the profits, creating a mutually beneficial transaction.

Real Estate MLS’s Online

Now that so many real estate transactions have moved online, the more than 800 MLSs in the US today are mainly private databases separated by region. Agents in the area list their properties on the local MLS to increase exposure and browse properties for sale by nearby agents for their clients looking to buy a home. In any sale through an MLS system, the listing and selling brokers share the commission, providing an incentive for both parties.

An MLS can usually only be accessed by licensed real estate agents or brokers, a huge disadvantage for FSBO or For Sale By Owner homes. Agents will often have access to multiple MLS systems by paying dues to be a part of a region-specific MLS, the information from which then gets pulled into multiple popular national listings services.

Now that you know the meaning of MLS in real estate, here is a list of benefits that access to an MLS provides.

Four MLS Benefits

Higher Exposure for Your Home Listing

An MLS listing will give your property higher exposure, so you’ll be more likely to connect with a qualified home buyer with a firm offer on the sale of your home. Since only qualified agents have access, potential homebuyers will also be vetted, so your agent will only be contacted on behalf of serious, qualified buyers. This translates to more value for the sale of your home.

This poses a significant challenge for FSBO homes, which may engage with less severe or unqualified buyers or have trouble gaining traction on their property due to lack of exposure. For these reasons plus a homeowner’s lack of real estate industry experience, most FSBO homes are also often sold for less value and after more time than homes represented by agents.

More Options to Choose From as a Buyer

On the flip side, buyers will have access to more listings and options through an MLS, which makes it more likely that they will find a home that suits their needs. Access to a wider variety of listings can mean fewer compromises on interested buyers’ wish lists for their future homes.

Homebuyers will also enjoy the same benefits as sellers in terms of only interacting with legitimate sellers and avoiding real estate scams, which continue to become more common as real estate processes become more virtual. An MLS helps agents connect the best buyers with the right home for them much more quickly and accurately, providing vast benefits for sellers, buyers, and their respective real estate agents or brokers.

Faster Home Buying or Selling Process

One of the most stressful and nerve-wracking elements of the home buying or selling process is how long the process can take. Since homes represent one of the most significant lifestyle and purchasing decisions, a long home buying or selling process immerses you in uncertainty about the future.

Both buyers and sellers don’t want to live for too long in a house that doesn’t work for them while trying to find the right home or buyer. And if you’re selling your home, the last thing you want is to get stuck paying two mortgages if you move before finalizing the sale of your previous home.

An MLS speeds up the process by connecting the right home buyers and sellers immediately. As mentioned previously, the combined high exposure for MLS listings and additional options for buyers leads to better quality buyer and home connections made faster.

Higher Quality Online Listings

Collecting and verifying all appropriate information and taking professional quality photos of rooms from the best angles can be tricky for homeowners looking to sell. Real estate agents have ample experience in producing high-quality listings. They will be able to capture all the necessary information and beautiful images that will help you sell your home.

Although social distancing standards across the country have provided obstacles for the real estate industry, agents have adapted by creating better online content for virtual listings. As a buyer, better quality listings mean you can count on having all the relevant, detailed information you’ll need about a property to make an informed buying decision.

HomeWise Real Estate Grants You MLS Access

Working closely with a trusted real estate agent with access to an MLS will help you sell your home or find the right home faster and with better value. Whether buying or selling in Ohio.

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