Multiple listing service (MLS)

Property listing system to display real estate for sale, lease, or wanted

The Multiple listing service (MLS) is a database used real estate professionals in the United States to list property for sale, lease, or wanted. The MLS began in 1907 as a system of regional meetings organzied by real estate agents who gathered to share information about property listings. In 1908, this system was endorsed by the National Association of Realtors.

The MLS is comprised of 700 regionally maintained databases that are searchable nationwide. The concept of the MLS is generic and there is no governing body for the service. Real estate agents work cooperatively regionally to create and maintain multiple listing services. Agents pay dues or membership fee to access MLSs. In the United States, multiple listing services are typically organized by state broken down locally by municipality.

Property listings on an MLS typically provide users with information on the property including photos, square footage, amenities, and other features of the property. Most MLS's require listing to be made by a real estate agent, though private home owners can pay to list their homes "For Sale By Owner" in some MLS services according to the MLS's individual requirements.

Popular real estate search platforms such as Zillow draw much of their information from regional MLSs. d

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Beaches MLS

West Pal Beach, FL

Real Estate Listing Service

Bright MLS

Rockville, MD

Real Estate Listing Service

California Regional MLS

San Dimas, CA

Real Estate Listing Service

First Multiple Listing Service

Atlanta, GA

Real Estate Listing Service

Garden State MLS

Parsippany, NJ

Real Estate Listing Service

Georgia MLS

Tucker, GA

Real Estate Listing Service

Metrolist Services

Sacramento, CA

Real Estate Listing Service

MIAMI Association of Realtors MLS

Miami, FL

Real Estate Listing Service

Lisle, IL

Real Estate Listing Service

Shrewbury, MA

Real Estate Listing Service

New York MLS

West Babylon, NY

Real Estate Listing Service

North Star MLS

St. Paul, MN

Real Estate Listing Service

North Texas Real Estate Information Systems

Dallas, Texas

Real Estate Listing Service

Northwest MLS

Kirkland, WA

Real Estate Listing Service

Farmington Hills, MI

Real Estate Listing Service

Greenwood Village, CO

Real Estate Listing Service

SMART MLS

Wallingford, CT

Real Estate Listing Service

Stellar MLS

Maitland, FL

Real Estate Listing Service

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