The Utah MLS (Multiple Listing Service) offers listings for homes and real estate located in Salt Lake City, Saint George, Logan, Utah County and many other cities located throughout Utah.
Multiple Listing Service (MLS) (also Multiple Listing System or Multiple Listings Service) is a comprehensive database which allows real estate agents and brokers representing sellers under a listing contract to widely share and distribute information about properties with real estate brokers who may represent potential buyers or wish to cooperate with a seller's broker in finding a buyer for the property. The Utah MLS combines the listings of all available properties throughout most major cities and counties in Utah that are represented by brokers who are both members of that MLS system and of NAR (the National Association of Realtors).
The purpose of the Utah MLS is to enable the efficient distribution of information so that, when a real estate agent is introduced to a potential home buyer, he/she may search the MLS listing system and find information about all properties and homes for sale in a given geography or price range, whether under a listing contract by that agent's brokerage or by other participating brokers.
The Utah MLS system is governed by a private entities, and the rules are set by those entities with no state or federal oversight, beyond any individual Utah state rules regarding real estate. MLS systems set their own rules for membership, access, and sharing of information, but are subject to nationwide rules laid down by NAR. An MLS may be owned and operated by a real estate company, a county or regional real estate Board of REALTORS or Association of REALTORS, or by a trade association. Membership of the MLS is generally considered to be essential to the practice of real estate brokerage.
Most MLS systems restrict membership and access to real estate brokers (and their agents) who are appropriately licensed by the state of Utah; are members of a local Board or Association of REALTORS; and are members of the National Association of Realtors.
A person selling his/her own home - acting as a For sale by owner (or FSBO) - cannot put a listing for the home directly into the MLS. Similarly, a properly licensed broker who chooses to neither join the trade association nor operate a business within the associations's rules, cannot join the MLS. MLS access is restricted to licensed brokers and agents who maintain the appropriate memberships as explained above.