Is there a program that gathers information about all available properties regardless of mls? I don't to miss properties in my area? Thank you!

Asked by Charles Coachman, SRES, San Jose, CA Wed Feb 29, 2012

CJC I have had buyers ask questions about properties that I didn't even know that they were available. I have to say I was embarrassed that my buyers had more information than I did?

Confused in the Silicon Valley!

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David Sciplin, Agent, San Jose, CA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
Hi Charles,

If you're a member of MLSListings there is a way.
Go to the Pro Home Page.
On the left side you'll see a link to the MLSListings CA Edition.
That should give you the combined info from the 7 MLS's in 21 Counties in Northern CA.

If you're not a member, it's really hard. is good but there is a lag time in data. Then again, it's only consumer information.

Hope that helps

David Sciplin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
Hi Charles,

While there continues to be talk of a cohesive statewide MLS, at the moment and likely for the next decade, your best bet is actually a combination of and the MORE system (thanks John!).

Trulia, and many other "MLS websites" are not true MLS'; but rather, syndication websites that re-post MLS listings from true Realtor® MLS systems. If you are interested in the "whole story" see:

MLS Data Accuracy – Where to search if you’re “without Realtor®”… will only show current Active listings and Sold properties for a limited time. Once a property goes Pending they remove it from the database (and will show it again if the deal falls through). For privacy and security reasons they do not keep detailed past Sold listings on the site; however, they will show limited data (a few details and a satellite property view) on "recently sold" property for about 6-8 months after close of escrow. [By the way, try's new GPS-enabled mobile app that allows you to draw on your mobile device with your finger to find active listings.]

The other thing you should know is that Brokers have the right to control syndication and the fact is that many Brokers, and AORs, across the US are revisiting/scrutinizing their data-share relationships with 3rd party syndicators/aggregators. So, getting to 100% data integrity is unlikely.

However, in June of 09 I spoke with the NAR Liaison to who informed me that 99.99% of AOR MLS listings are automatically fed to the national website. (I followed this up with the VP of Industry Relations for who did not disagree with this estimate). Do I believe this percentage has dropped? Sure, minimally, but in general, is not a bad choice for Active listings; especially when coupled with the MORE system.

More about MORE:

The Multiple Organization Reciprocal Exchange is a reciprocal data access initiative that provides members direct access to MLS systems covering 21 counties in Northern California. MLS Partner Systems and

Coverage Areas:
SFAR covers San Francisco
BAREIS covers Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma
MetroList® covers El Dorado, Merced, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Yolo
MLS Listings covers Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz

The systems may not be perfect, and you will still probably have to continue to ask your Clients “Where did you find that property?” on occasion; however, if you use a combo of the / MORE system you will be doing it less.

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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
Our clients look at a variety of websites many of which aggregate data from a number of mls systems. Agents tend to search the mls that serves their area. Too often listings are entered in the wrong mls system. You have the ability to search on the More system which aggregates listings from all Bay Area mls systems including the north Bay Area, south Bay Area through Monterey County and Central Valley. Check with your broker or local AOR for details.
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
Hi Charles,

Sounds like something perhaps in Beta testing? I don't know if that will ever be possible to have ALL (being 100%) because it seems someone is always creating a new website marketing source. Imagine what it would be like to have to pull listings from Craigslist (spam included).

I too have found that out of area agents don't always submit their listings to the MLS where the listing is located. It's a prime learning opportunity to educate our clients that finding the house isn't all us agents do on their behalf. With the very low inventory Buyers mindsets have changed and frustration on locating a property is high.

Are you familiar with Producer's Forum? If not drop me a note.
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Roland Vinya…, Agent, Sprakers, NY
Thu Mar 1, 2012
There are many properties not on MLS - all FSBOs and all properties listed by agents who are not members of MLS. I know of no source that lists these.
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Denise A. Sz…, , San Jose, CA
Wed Feb 29, 2012
Hello Charles, Some on list homes that are not on the matrix mls. But some agents that are from out of the area post only on Metro list and the Eastbay MLS even though the properties are in Silicon Valley. Since most are really on prosearch through the it should be easy to set up a search. You will need to search on several sites with your buyers criteria.

Best of luck~

Denise A. Szyszlo Realtor
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