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What is the Brevard MLS?

MARCH 13, 2013 by ge.admin

Brevard MLS Realtor

The Brevard Multiple Listing Service (MLS) was established by Melbourne Area Association of Realtors® (MAAR) and Space Coast Association of Realtors® (SCAR) a decade ago. It was created to facilitate cooperation between area real estate broker participants and to enable the dissemination of listing information.

WHY HAVE IT

Prior to its existence, buyers were only shown homes a realtor personally knew were for sale. Realtors specialized in specific neighborhoods of the Space Coast as knowing the status of all properties was impossible. Neither buyers, sellers, nor realtors were best served by this system.

MLS contains hundreds of fields of information about the features of a property. These fields are determined by area professionals who are knowledgeable and experienced in Brevard County. Only subscribing members of MAAR & SCAR can populate the fields when entering a property. A person selling his/her own property (For Sale by Owner or FSBO) cannot put a listing for their home directly into an MLS. An MLS subscriber may search the MLS database and retrieve information about all homes for sale by all participating brokers.

The Brevard MLS database does allow the public to search for properties and view a limited number of fields. Public access is availabe athttp://www.brevardmls.com/brv/pubmain.php .

NEW TO BREVARD

If you are unfamiliar with Brevard County, using the brevardmls.comwebsite search tool has limitations. For example, a search for all Viera homes in 55+ communities would be difficult. Understanding the limitations, some local real estate companies have incorporated information on area communities and subdivisions with the Brevard MLS. This allows a searcher to easily become acquainted with all 55+ subdivisions in Viera as well as the homes currently available within each.

So, if you are investigating buying a home in Brevard County but unfamiliar with the area, consider using a realtor’s website to conduct your Brevard home search.