Hi my fellow BP members I'd like to know what apps are you using too access the MLS ?
Thanks for any advice
Each local MLS determines their own software platform.
@Wayne Brooks maybe I didn't explain myself good but I meant to say. What apps are good to use like realtor/Zillow/etc
Any advice welcome
I think Redfin is the best if they cover that area, but I use Zillow as well because they show auctions, Realtor.com is also pretty good.
@Josh Kundrat thanks for the input!!!
I just want to make it very clear that the MLS is NOT the same as zillow, Realtor, etc.
Those tools are great to use, I do all the time, but the MLS is the source of truth.
@Major Robertson Is right all those sites are MLS aggregators and contain a lot of missing or inaccurate information, to help counteract that you might also want to use the public search portal of a local brokerage, because those are usually linked to the local MLS.
My local MLS app is not that user friendly, and I have clients that use Realtor.com or other apps to browse the market and are often looking at deals that are too good to be true because they have incorrect information. I have my own personal website which uses the internet access protocol from my local MLS (it's called IDX, and that is how the aggregators pull their data also) but is hosted by a third party, so the features are not anywhere near as robust as the large aggregators offerings.
I believe Zillow is involved in some litigation with the State of Texas currently regarding their "Zestimate." Since Texas is a non-disclosure state, Zillow's pricing information is not always based on actual sale prices. Using county appraisal districts and other sources does not provide an accurate price in many areas. If you get deep into the settings on Zillow there is a way to see the "pricing accuracy" for certain areas, I believe San Antonio is rated 1 or 2 stars out of 5 stars, but that may have changed since I last checked.
You might also wanna try Homesnap I just started using it and it's really useful for figuring out what school distract a property is in
Thanks @Josh Kundrat for the input I didn't get to use it yet I'll definitely check it out
In our area, there is an app call GoTrend, which has MLS data. But I believe this in only for PA, NJ and DE at the moment.
Realtor.com's app is the next closest thing for MLS listings.
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