A real estate listing is used to find properties for sale, to list properties for sale, to find properties with particular features, location or price range and as a tool for real estate professionals to help others to buy, sell or find available properties. How a real estate listing is used depends upon the user's purpose: to buy a property, sell a property or to use it as a sales aid to help clients buy or sell properties.
A real estate listing contains the specific information on the home for sale including yearly property taxes, public records and the date the property was last sold. Many websites, such as Trulia and Zillow, make accessing listings easier for the general public while the MLS, or the Multiple Listing Service, is the standard that most real estate professionals use in the sale and listing of properties. Most of the real estate websites that offer real estate listings have downloadable applications and offer user accounts. The MLS is generally accessible only by licensed real estate agents working in conjunction with other licensed agents and brokers, but some partial MLS access is becoming more readily available to the general public.
Real estate listings are searchable by city, state, region, listing agent and various advanced searches, such as school districts and price ranges, and the primary function is to bring a seller and buyer together in the sale of a property.