Bonnie 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.