what is the official mls site for Alameda County?

Asked by Katie.kihorany, Burlingame, CA Sat Jul 16, 2011

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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Fri Sep 30, 2011
Katie:

No major arguments with the "technical accuracy" of what has been provided below; however, in the current market we have situations where agents outside of the immediate area are taking listings and not placing these same listings in the local MLS. Therefore, to obtain ALL available properties in Alameda you should in fact use http://www.Realtor.com, here's why:

MLS Data Accuracy – Where to search if you’re “without Realtor®”
http://www.trulia.com/blog/steve_ornellas_mba_re_mastersgri/…

Best, Steve
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Sat Jul 16, 2011
Katie,
You've been getting several answers, all of which are partially correct. The answer to your question is in the link below.
To explain further: East Bay Regional Data Inc. (EBRDI) is the database provider for the Alameda County area, but brokers/agents access the data through the Paragon MLS system, which is a system provided by EBRDI that includes alot of features that agents use to enter listings and track searches, prospects, market data, and transactions.
You do have access to this system at no cost. EBRDI offers consumer access to their system at http://ebrdhomes.com/ (I've also pasted this link below).
When you go to that site, there is no "search" button after you enter your search parameters. Just hit enter on your keyboard after you've entered the last parameter and the search will begin. I just tested it, works fine and there is no cost.
As Antoine correctly points out, REALTOR.com, Trulia, and other sites may receive listings distributed from EBRDI and other MLS's, but the data that agents get through the Paragon system is much more complete than what is available on these consumer sites. I hope this clarifies things for you.
Web Reference:  http://ebrdhomes.com/
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Ernest Villa…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Wed Nov 21, 2012
There is not a single official MLS for Alameda county. The county has the unique situation of having three independent, competing MLS’s in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, that is, EBRD, CCAR, and Bay East. All three MLS’s contribute to and share the Paragon database so that everyone’s customers (agents) have access to full listing coverage no matter which MLS they belong to.

A little confusing, ain't it?
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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Wed Oct 31, 2012
Steve Ornellas has the best answer. The mls that is available to Realtors in Alameda County actually covers Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. As has been mentioned, some agents who are domiciled outside of these counties who list a house in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties may list the house on their home mls. That might be on the Peninsula, Santa Clara County, in San Francisco, in the North Bay or in the Central Valley all of which have their local mls provider. I have even seen local properties listed in an mls in Southern California!

The mls is not available to the general public but almost all listings are then fed to Realtor.com which is a consumer portal for viewing information about listed properties.

As a convenience to you, your Realtor can set up an instant alert so that you will be notified of any property that is listed on the mls that might fit your needs. Ask your Realtor.
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Tomi Thomas, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Feb 6, 2012
Just curious, are you an agent or a buyer/seller? What is your need for this info? Perhaps we could all be more useful to you if we knew what your use is.
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Antoine Pirs…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Sat Jul 16, 2011
Hi Katie:

You do not have direct access to the data in the Alameda MLS. Realtor.com scrapes the MLS data and put the listing on their website. You should be able to go to any website (even from agents) who support the IDX interface, to search for listings. What is it exactly you are trying to find out? Let me know if you can.
Antoine
Web Reference:  http://theeastbaybroker.com
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Bill & Elijah…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Sat Jul 16, 2011
EBRDI.COM
EAST BAY REGIONAL DATA is the database that holds all MLS listings. All websites pull from this database
Web Reference:  http://billfletcherhomes.com
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John Souerbry, Agent, Fairfield, CA
Sat Jul 16, 2011
Paragon is the local MLS service provider for Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Although there are many REALTOR(R) associations in these two counties, the Bay East Association of REALTORS(R) covers both counties and you can use the Paragon MLS search functions by going to the Bay East link I entered below.
Happy home hunting!
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Richard Murp…, , Sacramento County, CA
Sat Jul 16, 2011
I use Quatro MLS For my Listing Searches
Web Reference:  http://www.Bank-Funding.com
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