Using MLS Home Listings Over Other Sites

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 at 9:28pm.

MLS, or the Multiple Listing Service, is a great tool for home buyers, sellers and real estate agents. This database is a collection of all available homes in any given region in Canada – that are listed with a realtor. You can search by city or neighbourhood, and narrow things further by choosing the style of home or its features. MLS home listings guarantee buyers that what they are seeing is accurate and trustworthy. Unlike private sale homes that are advertised with networks such as Comfree, where there are no realtors, and getting in touch with the seller can be painful. Also, homes advertised on sites like Kijiji, are also unreliable because information is frequently out of date and sellers often don’t answer buyers trying to book viewings.
MLS home listings are kept up to date and offer a plethora of information, from neighbourhood demographics, to financial calculators, photos and even virtual tours. The site also provides ways to directly connect to the selling agent. MLS is like a one-stop shop for buyers investigating their local market, and is an easy way to dip your toes in and decide if you are ready to buy.
The only downside to MLS home listings is that each listing isn’t updated with a current status. This means that any home listed may be in the middle of a bidding war, have an offer pending etc., and you wouldn’t know until you contacted the listing agent. To be fair, however, once a home officially sells agents are very good about removing it from the MLS database.
If you are trying to decide if you want to buy right now, visit the MLS home listings website, at mls.ca, to see if you can both afford to buy and if there are any homes you are interested in.

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