Real estate agents who are looking for homes to show for their buyers use their local multiple listing service for their market. In Atlanta, most agents use the FMLS or First Multiple Listing Service for our MLS. You can access the same homes that real estate agents use when they search for Atlanta homes for sale.
You can search for homes using the Atlanta MLS by subdivision, address, zip code, house, condo, townhome, price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms or MLS number just like a real estate agent can.
The Atlanta MLS is part of the First Multiple Listing Service or FMLS for short. This is where real estate brokers who have agreed to share their listings with other real estate brokers place all of their homes for sale. Through reciprocal agreements, agents are allowed to place all of the homes for sale in the MLS on their website.
Before the MLS, buyers would have to search from one agent to the next so that they could find the right home for them. Ultimately brokers began to share their listing information and to cooperate with other brokers allowing agents to have access to the complete inventory of homes listed for sale. At first this information would be delivered to a real estate office in the form of a book with black and white photos if any at all and Realtors would have to drive around to each house listed for sale to see all of the listings. With the advent of the internet, real estate professionals began to advertise online. Eventually, through broker reciprocity agreements, any broker who wanted to, could allow other brokerages to list their properties on each others website which brings us to where we are today
Search for homes for sale in Atlanta online and save time. Narrow your choices to the homes that are the most interesting to you and then call a Realtor, such as myself to set up appointments to view only the homes that you are most interested in.
If you have a question about a property that you have seen using the Atlanta MLS or would like to schedule an appointment to view a home, Ryan Ward is here to assist you.
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