Great site - good functionality. But all MLS properties are not listed on it - so I'll use Realtor.com.

Asked by Jk, Milwaukee, WI Wed Aug 15, 2007

Can anyone recommend other sites with strong functionality, yet all MLS listings?

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Wed Aug 15, 2007
As much as I would like to tell you there exists a site that tells 100% of all properties and does so accurately, I can’t. If someone else makes that claim, it is probably made erroneously.

Realtor.com has many, and definitely the greatest volume. Not all MLS properties are supplied into an IDX (internet data exchange) data feed. Not all MLS listed properties are uploaded to Realtor.com. Any Broker site that is going to showcase other Brokers listings, and MLS listings can only showcase those that are authorized by the listing Broker who determines whether a property will or will not be supplied via IDX.

1) All MLS listed properties are not data fed to other sites via IDX.

2) All properties for sale are not multiple listed.

Therefore, one cannot get a fail safe 100% all inclusive list of all properties for sale. -

Earlier I said all properties via MLS and that was incorrect, because of those that are excluded from IDX. I removed that post for that reason.
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Prudential L…, Agent, Honolulu, HI
Wed Aug 15, 2007
good question. Unfortunately their is no central MLS managed by the NAR (National Association of Realtors). All of the MLS boards are managed separately and have developed custom MLS databases, which has fragmented the data all over the country. Although their is strong movement amongst the brokerage community to centralize all listing into one national MLS. Because of this, companies like Trulia, Zillow, Oodle, Edgeo, etc... have entered the market and market our listings for us for a fee. Google is making a play at syndicating listings through Google Base and do not charge a fee, but they haven't captured all the listings yet.
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Wed Aug 15, 2007
Good question. Realtor.com does not have a complete set of inventory.

Actually as a buyer I would connect with a local Realtor in the area you are looking for as most MLS (at least ours does) will have an email notification as properties are listed on the MLS. You would be notified as soon as the property islisted as well as your agent.
Web Reference:  http://pamwinterbauer.com
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Don Reser, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Wed Aug 15, 2007
This is a good question and one I am learning about myself.

Listings in the MLS system are for Realtors, but information is shared through a system called IDX. Listings in MLS may opt out of IDX, so unless you have a Realtor sending you information, you may be missing out on some properties. Also, local Boards of Real Estate have different service providers or contractors helping with their MLS systems. Not all systmes generate or have the same information. Some have more than others. All of this makes me want to suggest that you find a Realtor in the area you are considering a purchase. Check out his o rher website and see how his IDX link works. (There are differences,) In my opinion, this is your best option for good information.

Don Reser
San Antonio, Texas
210 473-0999
Web Reference:  http://ReserRealty.com
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Chris Tesch, Agent, College Station, TX
Wed Aug 15, 2007
Typically most Realtor sites will have the entire MLS on them. Mine offers that capability. If not you can find the MLS by the board office. If you google your city and mls you probably will find the board with a website. Ours, I believe, is BCSRealtor.com.

Good luck with your search!
Web Reference:  http://www.ChrisTesch.com
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Amy Wengerd, Agent, Canton, OH
Wed Aug 15, 2007
Actually, not all listings are on Realtor.com either. Plus, Realtor.com can take up to 10 days for them to feature a new listing. If you want real time listings and email updates you need to find a good Realtor in that area and use their personal or company website. That will feature all listings from every company with little to no lag time. Good Luck.
Web Reference:  http://www.amywengerd.com
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Irene Morales…, , 22405
Wed Aug 15, 2007
http://www.REMAX.com...it will give you the most comprehensive MLS data in the country and for that matter, around the globe!
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