Monday, October 08, 2007

Local MLS Search - Socal MLS, Crisnet MLS,

Can it be true that there are over 1000 mls systems in the United States? I believe most are controlled by the local Association of Realtor and some by the largest brokers in the area. As a home buyer searching for homes, how can you make sure you are using the correct MLS search site to view all the homes on the market.
The first thing to do is search for a local agent. For example, if your searching for available homes in Encino, CA, you'll want to search for "Encino homes or Encino real estate or Encino Realtor." Be sure to skip over the lead generating sites like Homegain,, housevalues, etc.. because they are in the business to sell you to an agent. And I know you don't have a FOR SALE sign around your neck.
Let me give you an example of what I'm talking about. I'm a member of both the SocalMLS which includes all of the San Fernando Valley & Santa Clarita Valley real estate. I'm also a member of which targets the Westside. One of my websites, allows you to not only search the San Fernando Valley, but at the top of the page there is a link to allow you to search the Westside real estate including Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, etc...).
If you use the SocalMLS to search Beverly Hills, the system would return a total of 9 homes. If you used the TheMLS system to search for Beverly Hills homes, it would return a result of 61 homes. Using the right system is important if you want to view all the homes on the market.
Here is what you should do before you begin to search online for homes:
1. Make sure the MLS system you are using to search for homes is the one all agents input their listings too. If your not sure which one to use, ask a local agent.
2. If your going to sell your home, be sure to hire a local agent.
Written by: Richard Johnston, RE/MAX
P.S. - It's a crazy world out-there, be sure to work with an agent who knows what their doing.

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