Minnesota MLS Gets it Right – Will Arizona MLS Follow?

avatar.jpgBonnie Erickson, late of Yankee Blog Swap fame on my old blog and eternally of Real Estate Snippets in the Twin Cities, is reporting that agents in Minnesota now will be able to search MLS listings across the state thanks to a cooperative agreement reached by the state’s various Multiple Listings Services.

One of the billion misconceptions about Multiple Listing Services is that there is one grand and all-powerful MLS, a Grecian oracle educating visitors of all homes for sale. In truth, the MLS is a parochial being. Maricopa County’s Multiple Listing Service is separate from Casa Grande’s and Tucson’s and Eastern Arizona and Northern Arizona and Prescott. If I want to see listings in any of these areas, I have to search as the public does – through agents’ sites or, if possible, through a public portal provided by the individual MLS.

There also is Realtor.com which, as one my sellers discovered yesterday, provides just enough information to be remarkably useless to someone seriously searching for homes.

I’m assuming the co-operation agreements that allow agents to get paid by listing brokers also are in place, though I’ll have to check with Bonnie. I’m also curious if everyone in the state will have statewide lockbox access – I can’t show homes in Tucson, for example, because my SUPRA key won’t work on their lockboxes. Different MLS. Different software.

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Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at allphoenixrealestate.com.


  • Bonnie Erickson 11 years ago

    Jonathan, Yes, the lock box access is statewide, however, each agent has to register their key in the other associations. That requires a little time and paperwork. . . did I say preparation? The co-op agreement is honored statewide as well. The only problem is we can’t list our property in another association’s MLS unless we join that association. So, there are advantages in terms of searching and showing, but disadvantages from the marketing stand point. Especially for those with vacation homes to sell “up north” who need to advertise in the metro, but need a local agent to watch over their vacant property!