Paying the Phoenix MLS

AvatarAfter a bit of stalling I finally paid my Arizona Regional MLS dues yesterday. I’m sure no one at the ARMLS offices was wringing their hands wondering where my $156 was, but I can say I felt better for not delivering it until nearly the last possible minute.

What do I get for this $156? Primarily, I get the opportunity to post my listings for sale or rent in the MLS, exposing these properties to thousands of agents across the Valley. But that is but the tip of the iceberg …

(Editor’s note: if my past writings lead you to believe a diatribe against the MLS is in the works, well, you’re right.)

Here’s what else I get for my $156 …

  • I get the chance to be fined $200 for any address or tax identification typos that I may enter.
  • I get the chance to keep seeing the typo in the MLS’ pop-up message warning me that I will be fined for any typo I enter.
  • I get the chance to defend to the MLS listing a home as a 4-bedroom when it’s a 3-bedroom plus a den after someone complained, even though the MLS rules allow me to do so.
  • I get the chance to try and sort through 3-bedroom listings and figure out which ones really are 3 bedrooms and which are 2 bedrooms plus a den.
  • I get to have listings I earn stigmatized by a high number of days on market, borne not of a defect in the house but in the prior agents’ marketing and pricing strategy.
  • I get a whopping 680 characters to describe my properties for sale.
  • I get to surrender some of my right at the door, such as the ability to discuss a home currently listed by another brokerage. Or even say that it’s for sale, lest reporting a home for sale be confused with “advertising.”
  • I get to watch acreage listings expire because the manufactured home is affixed. So, even though a 3.3-acre property likely would sell quickly if listed as “land” I can’t list it as land.
  • I get to watch days on market accumulate because a home is listed as being “Active With Contingencies” rather than Pending.

It’s not that I have any particular issue with paying MLS dues. I don’t even have much of an issue with the MLS, though I believe the system fails sellers as often as it helps. Which makes the constant drumbeat demanding open MLS access laughable. The bar is rather low. Pass the state licensing exam, pay your NAR dues, pay your MLS dues and it’s all yours, fleas and all.

[tags]Phoenix real estate, MLS[/tags]

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