7 Simple Steps to Getting Your Home Listed in the Multiple Listing Service

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The home listing process has changed dramatically over the last few years, but in a good way. Whether you’re selling a house, apartment or condo, here’s how to get the ball rolling on making your property a reality.

In today’s world of home ownership, buying a home can be very stressful. Not only do you need to find a home, but you also have to negotiate with the seller. If you’re lucky enough to get accepted into the multiple listing service, you’ll be able to make a quicker sale and avoid unnecessary stress.

I’m going to show you how to get your home listed in the Multiple Listing Service in only eight easy steps. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is.

Choose a Realtor®

Realtors are more than just a place to go to find a home. They can help guide you through every aspect of the home-buying process. In addition to finding you the perfect home, the realtor will likely help you negotiate the best price and arrange financing, while also helping you understand what to expect on a day-to-day basis. It’s important to note that the realtor isn’t your only option in the home-buying process. You can choose a realtor who focuses on just one or two aspects of the buying process, or you can search online for “real estate agent” and see what pops up.

Research the Market

After you determine what you’re trying to sell and how, the next step is to research your market. Your job is to identify who your target audience is and the kinds of things that make your audience tick.

Conduct a Walk-Through of Your Property

“Walk-throughs are a great way to get a sense of the property and what’s happening on the inside and out. You can really get a sense of the condition of the interior and the exterior. That’s the most important thing,” says Lippert. When you first walk into a house or apartment, it’s like you’re seeing it for the first time. “You might see things that aren’t in the listing and that are going to make you ask questions.”

Prepare the Home Listing

If you’re selling something physical, prepare the listing in a way that makes your listing appear as if it’s been there all along. To get your listings to sell fast, you’re going to need to make sure that all of the important details are on the listing page itself. A listing should contain the following information, from top to bottom: property type, asking price, address, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, square footage, and the property’s location. 

Get Approved for the MLS

If you have aspirations of becoming a member of the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or being listed in any other type of listings, then you must first apply for the membership. The process is fairly straightforward and takes around two weeks, but what you need to do to prepare is make sure that your contact information is current. Once you’ve completed this step, it’s time to focus on the application itself. The application process is broken up into three distinct phases: the pre-application, the application, and the final approval. The pre-application is the first stage in the process where you are able to submit your application and upload all necessary documents.

Register and Pay for the MLS

Don’t just register and pay; make sure to pay as much attention to your new listing as you do to the one you want to keep. For example, if you’re trying to sell a home in Baton Rouge that requires major repairs, don’t list it on the market until those repairs are complete. If your home will require a lot of clean up before buyers see it, do everything you can to make the home ready before putting it on the market.

Submit a Request to the MLS

Submit a request to the MLS to be added to the MLS, and you will be able to use your MLS listing to sell directly online through sites like eBay, Zillow and Redfin. If your listing is a multiple-listing service (MLS) then you can market your listing through the MLS website or your local MLS association website.


In conclusion, the key to getting your home listed in the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is to have it appraised. The appraisal is the most important thing you need to do to get your house sold, and it’s something you have to do yourself. You can’t leave it up to a realtor, because the MLS has no idea how much your house is worth. Your agent might try to convince you to give them a check, but you should not be doing that. And you should be aware of the fact that the MLS is a free service, so you shouldn’t have to pay to get your home listed in the MLS.