You do not need to list or sell anything to be a Realtor--YOU DO need to BE a REALTOR, (having secured a liscense, have a broker who will agree to be responsible for you, under their authority and care),. If you achieve that status, you may then begin to invest in your business by paying the dues and fees associated with running a MLS system.
Having done all that, if you choose not to list or sell property for anyone other thatn yourself, that is your (and your brokers :)) choice.
Hope that helps
It's only a matter of time before we get rid of real estate agents as well. I for one have absolutely had it with them. Every experience that I've had wit them has been negative, including the house I'm living in. Sure, they're fine if you're going to do a straight retail purchase, but one curve ball and these folks are totally sandbagged. Which begs the question, why in the world are we forced to deal with these people?
Anyway, end of rant. You must depend upon the search skills of someone else if you're to find a home. In order to get them to do that work, they will more than likely want to handcuff you with an exclusive agent agreement as well. Otherwise, if you're looking for short sales and foreclosures, you'll have to hope they include things in the description on Realtor.com or Trulia like "Buyer responsible for U&O" or "Home is being sold as-is". If you're really lucky, you might see "bank owned". However the more sleazy shops will hide all of that from public view, because they don't want foreclosure hunters. They want a straight buyer that they can move to a foreclosure home. That keeps the price higher. So that info, as I'm sure you know, is only available via the agent fields in trendmls, which you will only see if an agent sends it to you.
So your last resort is to search bank sites, homepath, hud, etc. If you have the cash, then local sheriff sales are public as well. Otherwise, hire your local cheesy real estate agent, endure their idiotic questions, moronic advice, and lousy work ethic. One thing to remember about these folks is if they REALLY knew what they were talking about when it comes to real estate, they'd be investors, not agents. So when they give you that "professional advice", nod and smile, and do your own homework.
If you are working with a Realtor, and you understand that as a buyer in PA in most cases, Realtor services are free, your realtor will be able to help you with information on sold properties. If you want additional information, you could contact the Trend service in King of Prussia, PA, and perhaps they would better answer your question.
I hope I was able to assist you with your question.
Of course, you would have dues to pay on top of that for access. It could be pricey to do all of this. My dues and mls fees are probably almost $2k a year.
To start, you don't need to be a REALTOR to join the MLS. There are more licensees nationwide that are NOT REALTORS than are. REALTOR is a trade organization and has nothing to do with licensing.
Only a licensed Broker of Record of a licensed brokerage may initiate membership with the MLS, even agents must go via the Broker of Record to join. Exceptions are licensed appraisers and lenders whom also may have access.
What you have stated in your intentions may titer on illegal activity...that is why there is state licensing involved with real estate/professionals to preclude the type of activity you suggest. Your question is like asking if a non licensed attorney can join have internal access to the Bar Association for purposes of practicing law without going to court. Got it? Also, only licensees may legally accept referral fees.
The MLS makes property information available on various public sites and you have all the access you want to deeds etc at your local courthouse which are available to the public. I question why 'so many" are asking you this type of info...I strongly caution you how you are putting yourself "out there"being a magnet for these types of questions..
On a last note, in Pennsylvania, only a licensed broker may use the term "consultant" pertaining to their own services...some get paid via consulting services/fees and don't actively list or represent purchasers. Perhaps you should be a economist specializing in the housing market. The info is out there in this digital age and you don't need the MLS just for for that. Leave the consulting and real estate advice to the licensed professionals. Same for medical and legal advice as licensed professionals.
If you are just interested in following a few select areas, your realtor would be glad to help you with setting that up.
Another option would be to go to my web site, http://www.johnherreid.com and click on the line on the home page that says, CLICK HERE TO SEARCH ALL HOMES AVAILABLE, AND FIND THE ONE THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
That will take you to the search function on my web site where you can enter an unlimited number of searches for free. Data comes direct from Trend and you get it for free.
This question just begs the belief that most people think it is easy to get a license. It is. But maintaining it and paying your fees and dues are not cheap.
You must be a licensee with a paid membership to access the Trend MLS or any MLS for that matter directly. Other usual requirements are you also be a member in good standing with NAR and a local board and affiliated with a broker. If you would like to get your real estate license in NJ go to Career Path Academy real estate school in Edison on Rt 27 across from Crowne Plaza Hotel. Real Estate Licensing course only $385
http://tinyurl.com/385special This especially applies to the author of this topic because if you're helping people with their real estate needs in exchange for compensation you need to be licensed.
There is also limited access memberships available to the MLS for licensed appraisers as well.
If you are just looking to purchase a home most of the information you seek is readily available online, for details you must contact a realtor. I would be glad to assist you if looking to purchase in New Jersey.
Actually Trend MLS is a primary in many areas of south west and even of north west sections of NJ.
You wrote- "active no showings, temporarily off market, pending, active-contingent with kickout, active-contingent with right of first refusal, active-contingent other, pending, settled, expired, and withdrawn" rather than simply active lisitngs". I know real estate is a hot topic at cocktail parties, but if your friends are asking you about these things and then you are actually talking about them, do they then excuse themselves or slowly drift away, maybe look for the bathroom? Tell us more about your exciting life.
Real Estate is highly regulated and is more involved than just taking a test, if you are an attorney you should be able to get a waiver the for school time but can take the exam to get a real estate license but then MLS's have the additional requirement of being a Realtor so you will need to join the realtor association, take the ethics course and pay the dues plus must either register with the real estate commission as a broker if they grant you such a license or transfer your license to be held under a broker which is licensed, insured and hold escrow accounts for their clients before you can become a member of the mls to post listings.
You may be able to gain limited search access as an affiliate like appraisers do but I would contact trend directly as I'm sure you have by now to find out for sure.
Realtor.com has all the listings that are active in the USA.