Beware of agents advertising “Search the ENTIRE MLS” on their website…they are lying to you.
The MLS Searches on Realtor websites is NOT the same listing database that Realtors have access to. The database for MLS searches on agent sites is a subset of the main MLS system. Brokers can opt to not include their listings in the MLS Searches found on agent websites. While most Brokers don’t choose to “opt-out”, some do. A Realtor is the only one that has access to the ENTIRE MLS database which requires a username/password (which we pay hefty quarterly fees to have).
Any Realtor that advertises that they have ALL listings available on their site is violating Department of Real Estate law, Realtor Code of Ethics, and the local MLS Rules and Regulations.