Searching for a home or land in the MLS in Sequim can be a little tricky for buyers, because there are two MLSs in Sequim. Most buyers don’t know this. When you are searching the MLS on a real estate broker’s website, are you searching all the listings in Sequim (100%) or are you using a database with less than all of the listings?
The Olympic Listing MLS in Sequim
All Sequim brokers are members of the Olympic Listing Service, so this service has almost all the listings. The reason I say most (but not all) is because not all foreclosures or REO (real estate owned) properties are in the OLS. And not all private listings are necessarily in the OLS. A Seattle broker can list a Sequim listing, but since he is not a member of the OLS, it will be in the NWMLS. After a foreclosure, a bank may list their property with a broker from outside the Sequim area, which again means it will not be in the OLS but in the NWMLS. (Learn about the most powerful MLS in Sequim that includes 100% of all the Sequim listings by reading below.)
The Northwest MLS in Sequim
The NWMLS is the largest MLS in the State of Washington, and it is the primary MLS for all Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Kent, Kirkland, Tacoma, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and nearly the entire state. About half to two thirds of Sequim brokers are members of the NWMLS. What is surprising is that several Sequim and Port Angeles brokers are NOT members of the NWMLS. That means that their public websites may not show you all the listings in Sequim. This is a big consumer alert if you are a buyer. What is the answer? How can you be absolutely sure you are looking at every single listing in Sequim that is in both the OLS and the NWMLS? To find out if a Sequim brokerage or real estate agent (broker) is a member of the NWMLS, simply search the alphabetical listing with the link in this article NWMLS in Sequim.
The Best MLS in Sequim
Years ago I had a special MLS site programmed especially for buyers, and it includes all the listings in both the OLS and the NWMLS. I created a drop down menu so buyers could specifically search either MLS. If you decide to search by other parameters or by address or MLS number, you will be searching both databases at once. This was the first site to do this. Some other brokers have followed suit, and that is good for consumers.
If you’re a buyer, I would urge you to use the number one most powerful and the most honest MLS in Sequim that actually includes 100% of all the listings in Sequim. Just go directly to the Best MLS in Sequim.
Last Updated on December 31, 2012 by Chuck Marunde
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