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What information do you need to do an MLS listing search?

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Information needed to do an MLS listing search includes the city, state, county, zip code and minimum and maximum price. In addition to new homes, the MLS can also be used to find homes that are currently in foreclosure.

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Additional information an individual can use to perform a more accurate MLS listing search includes property type, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, amount of square footage, property features and number of acres. Search results can be divided between listings that have images and those that don't.

Some homes may not be listed on a local MLS search if they are listed with more than one broker or if they have recently expired. Properties can also be listed by brokers in an area other than where the property is physically located. Just because an individual is unable to pull up a property doesn't mean it's unavailable.

In addition to using the MLS to find homes for sale, an individual can use the service to list a home being offered For Sale By Owner. This type of service comes at a cost and lists a person's home on the local MLS in addition to other real estate websites that have MLS listings. Paying for such a service often includes posting images of the home, additional visibility and exposure, and can help the individual sell his home faster.

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