There are a number of ways you can access partial, county or city multiple
listing services for real estate and properties for sale in Utah. Typically,
only realtors or real estate agencies can obtain true, verified and updated MLS
lists, but there are plenty searchable MLS’s online as well. MLS lists are
intended to give prospective buyers a better, more complete idea of what Utah
houses, duplexes and apartments are available and what their features and
possible disadvantages are.
An MLS listed house or property usually provides information to contact the
current owner of the house directly. The prospective buyer can then contact the
owner personally, ask them questions, find out certain unknowns about the house,
and acquire an idea of range the owner is willing to accept for the house.
Utah MLS can also indirectly act
as your realtor, by providing you with the features, style, location, price
range, open house schedule, and several other things that would normally be
presented by a realtor. Even by contacting the owner yourself, you are acting
as your own realtor via the help of a Utah MLS.
Let’s say you want to move to Utah County, any city, and your price range is at
the lower end; from $70,000 to $150,000. Once you put in your search online,
the houses, duplexes, or apartments are displayed from the highest end of the
price range to the lowest end of the price range. The MLS will give you the
year the house was built, how many square feet the house is, how many bedrooms
and bath, a few kitchen details, pictures, and sometimes owner contact
information as well as other amenities about the house such as dishwasher,
laundry, or built-on apartments.
What you do not want to do is make the mistake of believing that all online MLS
lists are always 100% accurate. Because MLS lists are really supposed to be
available only to real estate agencies and realtors, sometimes MLS lists can be
compromised lists. While looking online may give you some idea of various
Utah MLS, often
these listings can be incomplete, inaccurate, or outdated. Sometimes realtors
will take MLS listed houses that haven’t sold, or have been on the market for
quite some time and remove them from the MLS, only to add them right back on.
This is a dishonest practice, because the house or estate will appear as a new
listing, when in fact, that house has been on the market for a couple years.
These are the kind of things to watch for when viewing Utah MLS, or any MLS