Arizona MLS Q & A
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the acronym MLS stand for?
In Arizona it is actually called ARMLS. ARMLS stands for Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service. The MLS portion is Multiple Listing Service. Each region has their own MLS. If an agent is a REALTOR in Phoenix it doesn't necessarily mean they can access homes in Payson. They would have to join both boards and they cannot do that unless their brokerage belongs to both boards. There is not one massive MLS. Unfortunately many of the small towns like being in control of their MLS and therefore do not want to be part of ARMLS.
How does it work?
Every licensed REALTOR® in Arizona must be willing to offer a co-broke in order to list their listing on the MLS. This means the listing agent will share some of the commissions they negotiated with the seller with another agent in order to bring in a buyer for their listing.
Why are some of the MLS sites I search on different than others?
The MLS is provided by Arizona Regional MLS and they in turn make it available to third party companies called IDX providers. There are dozens of third party providers with new ones popping up every day. We started out using Killer IDX and then switched to Wolfnet's mapping tool and then loved the features that Diverse Solutions offered. Now we use the original Flex MLS IDX because it is in real time. Real time means you won't miss opportunities seeing old listings. In my opinion Flex is the best. It allows you to search for 8 minutes before you have to login so you can get a feel for the tool itself. You can search like an agent and see all property details, maps and community information. You can even have full access to the tax sheet from the County Assessor on each property! Browse Phoenix Area Horse Property Now and try it out!
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