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Q: How many MLS's are in the US. ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: How many MLS's are in the US.
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: jmontauk-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 18 Feb 2006 09:17 PST
Expires: 18 Feb 2006 16:17 PST
Question ID: 447302
I heard there are roughly 800 but need to show that this claim came
from a qualifed source.

Clarification of Question by jmontauk-ga on 18 Feb 2006 15:04 PST
I mean Multiple Listing Services for Real Estate

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 18 Feb 2006 15:20 PST
Does this suffice as an answer to your question?

"The most important role of discounters like Mrs. Jebavy is to place a
home on a local multiple-listing service or "MLS" database. There are
more than 1,000 MLS's in the U.S., each specific to a local market.
Most are owned by local organizations under the umbrella of the
National Association of Realtors. Large, established brokers usually
dominate the boards of these groups."

The Real Estate Journal - The Wall Street Journal Guide to Property

Best regards,

Clarification of Question by jmontauk-ga on 18 Feb 2006 15:32 PST
Is there anyway to back up their claim?  maybe through a research
study done or a survey by the NAR or something?  If not I'll take this

Request for Question Clarification by rainbow-ga on 18 Feb 2006 16:02 PST
After further research, I have not been able to find any back up to this claim. 

Best regards,

Request for Question Clarification by bobbie7-ga on 18 Feb 2006 16:05 PST
Would any of these resources meet your needs?

1,000 MLS's


Department of Justice, Antitrust Division


Filed: September 8, 2005 

12. NAR's policies govern the conduct of its members in all fifty
states, including all Realtors and all of NAR's member boards. NAR's
member boards control approximately eighty percent of the
approximately 1,000 MLSs in the United States.

900 MLS's

From the an article in the US Newswire published on October 25, 2005

According to Cathy Whatley who was President of the National Board of
Realtors (NAR)  in 2003, there are 900 MLS?s in the United States.

"Providing buyers with information about the properties that are for
sale, usually by consulting one of the nation's 900 multiple listing
services, is just one of the services real estate professionals
provide. Once buyers identify the house they want to buy, they must be
able to successfully negotiate a contract. If they are successful in
getting their offer accepted, many other services are required in
order to close the transaction. These include arranging inspections,
mortgage application and approval, escrow, title insurance,
coordination and scheduling of closing, ordering utilities, planning
the move, etc. In most cases, participation of a broker/agent to
assist the buyer throughout the process is very helpful, if not

US Newswire: October 25, 2005

I look forward to your clarification.

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: How many MLS's are in the US.
From: pinkfreud-ga on 18 Feb 2006 10:35 PST
MLS can mean many things. Master of Library Science. Multiple Listing
Service. Major League Soccer.

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