Thankful for the MLS Online

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Thankful for the MLS Online



When I bought my first home, the MLS online did not exist. All homes that were listed by a real estate agent were bound together in "the book." This was a paper book that came out each week, about the size of a telephone book (another publication soon to be forgotten). Each home had one black and white photograph and a short description.

To find a house, a buyer had to connect with a real estate brokerage. There were few buyers' agents back then, so typically a buyer would have to go to each brokerage that held each listing. It was quite time consuming, and geared toward seller agency.

I remember telling one agent that I wanted a two-story home. It was important to me to have two stories in the house. He showed me his listing: a ranch-style home. An orange ranch-style home.  I didn't understand why he would not show me other homes that were not his brokerage's listings. 

The listing process certainly has changed since that time! Now an agent can represent a buyer and can show a buyer any home that is listed on the market. Buyers are able to view homes rather thoroughly prior to scheduling showings. And sellers have the benefits of full-color, fully descriptive listings of the property they are selling.

I am so thankful to be practicing real estate in a time when the MLS is online!

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I wanted to make sure that i commented on your post since it was tucked in among all the posts by the same person this morning - I hope you have a great weekend and that everyone else finds your post too!

Nov 26, 2016 04:22 AM #1
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Kathryn.  I do remember those large books.  Glad to know they are gone by way of the DODO bird. 

Nov 26, 2016 04:45 AM #2
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Our business has really evolved with the internet and all of the amenities that come with social media. In some ways it sure makes things easier. 

Nov 26, 2016 06:43 PM #3
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