How to Search for Homes in Arizona Online
Since you’re on this page, chances are you have already started your search for homes here in Arizona. Depending how much research you have already done or what you have been told, here is a crash course on how to find homes for sale in Arizona.
The Multiple Listings Service (“MLS”)
The largest source of homes for sale in metro Phoenix is the Arizona Regional Multiple Listings Service which is our local “MLS.” The MLS is an association association of licensed real estate agents who work together to help each other sell real estate. All listings are posted on the MLS system that realtors have exclusive access to. Third party sites like Zillow, Realtor.com offer access to a feed from the MLS but all information is not made public to them. To get the most up to date and accurate info you will need a Realtor to search the MLS for you.
To become a member of the local MLS, you must be licensed by the State of Arizona as a real estate agent and you must be a member of the Arizona Association of Realtors.
No National MLS
Unlike Canada the United State does not have a national MLS. There are many hundreds of local MLS’s in every state with its own rules and regulations.
Within Arizona, there is an MLS for metro Phoenix, another for metro Tucson and separate MLS’s for Flagstaff, Prescott, and several other smaller towns.
Phoenix area MLS
The metro Phoenix MLS does not have its own web site showing homes for sale. However, you can find MLS information on thousands of web sites of individual Arizona Realtors who are members of the MLS.
For example, you can find metro Phoenix MLS listings on my web siteshttp://selling2arizona.com/
The most popular third party source for listings is Realtor.com, however, has a terrible search capability. Many individual Realtor web sites have a search function that is far superior to Realtor.com.
Tucson area MLS
Unlike the Phoenix MLS, the Tucson MLS has its own website which lists homes for sale,http://www.tarmls.com. The Tucson MLS information is also found on hundreds of individual Realtor web sites as well.
Arizona homes are available online on hundreds of public and Realtor websites so Canadian home buyers can easily have access to available properties. So if you are looking to buy a home in Arizona, the MLS is the best place to start to get a feel for what is available in the real estate market in Arizona.