MLS is the Multiple Listing Services throughout the nation and is typically owned and operated by Regional Realtor Associations. Regional members in North Carolina are also members of the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Licensed Real Estate Member Participants to use the MLS to list property information which is then disseminated to all members through a sophisticated computer network. Through the MLS, listing agents offer and agree to compensate other members for selling their listings. Utilizing the MLS effectively markets your property, in this region, to thousands of agent members. The MLS data is updated continuously as properties are placed under contract, sold and as new listings are added.
Agents can search for property specifying a seemingly endless list of criteria, ranging from price and location, down to the smallest details like room size or even the view. This sophisticated search engine makes it easy to find properties that match the buyer's wants and needs. Nearly 9 out of every 10 homes sold are sold through the MLS and it's Cooperating Member Brokers. Informed Buyers seek Buyer Representation when purchasing real estate. Motivated Buyers use Buyers Agents to quickly find them their ideal property.
Typically, serious, motivated, buyers don't have time to scour the newspaper or sort through all of those publications available at the local grocery. Many of those publications come out monthly, quarterly and some even semi-annually. The info contained within is dated and of little value to a serious buyer. Serious buyers are motivated by the limited time afforded to find that ideal home. Whether they've just sold their existing home and have just 30 days to find a new one, close and move or they're in town on a weekend buying trip, time is short. Buyers know that the most efficient and effective way to find the property that best suits them is through a local broker with access to the MLS and all available listings.
Over 80% of all home buyers are utilizing the internet to search for property. The MLS effectively markets your property to its member brokers but that's just the beginning. The listing info is also disseminated, in part, to most Local Firm and Agent Web Sites and to Realtor.com. Through Realtor.com that listing info is made available to various sites that offer Real Estate Searches like MSN and AOL. Listing on the MLS, therefore, gets your property maximum exposure both locally and nationally. Nar statistics show that the average selling price for properties listed in the MLS is 19% greater than those sold by other means. Homes-by-Holmes can maximize exposure in today's market place maximizes your selling price. Listing your property in the MLS gets you that exposure!