The Idaho Falls ID MLS is an up to date collection of all real estate listings available. Another name for the MLS is the Multiple Listing Service. Most Realtors list their homes through the MLS.
One problem with the MLS is it can be difficult to use. There is a lot of information in it. You will find information about the number of bathrooms and bedrooms in a home. But there is much more. You can search the MLS by hundreds of home features and by price. With so many options for searching, it can become difficult.
Our MLS search tool provides an easy way to search for homes in Idaho Falls. We help you narrow down the type of home you are looking for with easy to use selector tools. Choose an area, select the price range and what features you are looking for, and you are on your way. Its that easy. And once you find the homes you want to see, you can click the heart button, call our hotline, and schedule a tour.
Realtors in Idaho own the MLS. To be more exact, several Realtor associations control and contribute to it. One of the largest contributors is GIFAR, the Greater Idaho Falls Association of Realtors. Another contributor is the Upper Valley Association of Realtors. Each association has a membership of real estate agents that are also Realtors. The associations maintain the MLS, promotes professional standards, and elects leadership. The leadership advocates the preservation of Idaho property rights and professional conduct with homeowners.
Years ago, before computers, real estate brokers would keep a book with all the current homes for sale. Brokers would contact each other and exchange information in their book. Sometimes brokers would get together for lunch and training and exchange information. If you wanted to know about Idaho real estate for sale, you had to check with the broker in that area. Things have changed. Today brokers use large databases of homes for sale that are searchable from anywhere. These databases store hundreds of facts about each home on the market. Individual real estate agents can now tie their websites to these databases. They connect using an IDX feed. IDX feeds allow brokerages and real estate agents to develop websites like EastIdahoProperty.com. The feeds allow agents to provide home listing information in a much easier format than the MLS. The goal is to make it as easy as possible to search for a home and make an offer.
Not all properties in an area are on the MLS. Properties can only be added to the MLS by a broker or one of the broker's agents. You will not find for sale by owner homes on the MLS. Some brokers will post for sale by owner listings on the MLS for a flat fee. Usually, the flat fee includes a listing and minimal services at a discount. This is one way that some for sale by owner properties show on the MLS.
Zillow is a real estate aggregator. Idaho Falls MLS data shows on Zillow. Zillow has written agreements with each MLS throughout the country. These written agreements give Zillow permission to use an IDX RETS feed. The RETS feed provides Zillow with all the listings of the MLS. Zillow maintains thousands of agreements so they can show homes for sale nationwide. But Zillow does not have real estate agents working for them. To list your home, you still need to find a real estate agent to add the home to the MLS.
You can begin searching the Idaho Falls MLS right now by using our search tool or map search. Our agents are ready to help you find or sell your next home through the multiple listing service. Call our agent hotline at 208-717-1748 to get started.