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#420968 - 03/02/13 02:17 AM Can I access MLS data in other areas??
Kia Offline

Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 12
Loc: Southern California (SouthEast...
hi, when I become an agent, can I only access the MLS data in my local area? Or could I also access Las Vegas, Phoenix, etc.?

#420988 - 03/02/13 02:49 PM Re: Can I access MLS data in other areas?? [Re: Kia]
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You can "ACCESS" much of the data now: without being an Agent; without being a Licensee; without being a REALTORŪ . . . . just by going to

But the MLS is about much more than simple "ACCESS". You have to remember the MLS is actually a contractual relationship between and among its subscribers, created primarily for the purpose of facilitating co-brokering and secondly for serving the General Public.

When you join your local MLS, you are making an implicit offer to cooperate with the other subscribers in co-brokering your listings, and they are agreeing to co-operate with you on theirs.

To join another area's MLS, you would have to pay their Subscription Fees AND agree to be bound by their rules. Some MLS Organizations have quite an "open door" policy and welcome new members from outside their territory (it's easy revenue); while others have very restrictive policies, admission isn't automatic at all. Often, any prior ethics or rules violation in any MLS can greatly hinder your being admitted to another. It's always best to keep your nose clean and run a clean shop. Getting a bad reputation among your Competitors is the "kiss of death" in this business.

To obtain that level of co-operation on listings which are not in your own MLS, you would have to actually join the other MLS where the Listing is being handled . . . . or enter into a separate agreement with the specific individual Listing Agent to Co-operate in marketing and selling the Listing involved. Sometimes, if we trust a certain Broker, we can construct "blanket" agreements so that a new Contract isn't required for each new Listing that we may be interested in, and the blanket may apply to everything that an Agency has Listed.

If it's just an occasional listing that you might have a Customer or Client for; then it's usually best to just seek out the individual Broker and enter a single Co-operation Agreement on that one Listing, for a set time period, and for a defined "potential" Commission.

You can use to identify the inventory which is available in a foreign area; but merely knowing about it doesn't give you any right to make money on what you see there until you have some kind of agreement in place to co-operate on the selling and, of course, the sharing of Commissions. Without that last part, you're just like any other member of the General Public; nothing more.
Dale C. Hittle of GOLDEN RULE PROPERTIES in Glover, Vermont
Where We're Always Striving To Put Together "THE FAIR DEAL"

#420993 - 03/02/13 03:57 PM Re: Can I access MLS data in other areas?? [Re: Kia]
Kia Offline

Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 12
Loc: Southern California (SouthEast...
Thanks; I should have mentioned that I'm also an investor. having access, with export permissions, to out of area MLS greatly helps me to get a list of cash solds, expired's etc the values for various investment analyses.

#421003 - 03/02/13 07:39 PM Re: Can I access MLS data in other areas?? [Re: Kia]
johnnyloans Offline
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Registered: 03/29/09
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Loc: Los Angeles ,CA
If you are a Realtor try Realtor Property Resource for data in different areas.
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Greater Los Angeles Area
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