How to List Your Home on the MLS: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Home Bay

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Before you list your home, there are a few things you’ll need to prepare. This post will teach you what those things are, explain different ways to get your listing on the MLS and give you ideas on how to attract buyers.

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Preparing to List:

In order to build out a compelling real estate property listing, it’s best to prepare everything you’ll need ahead of time.

Here’s a checklist to get you started:

  1. Square footage:
    Prior to building out your listing, you’ll need to know your home’s total interior square footage. To calculate this, measure from the center lines of the common walls. Next, multiply the length by the width of the each floor’s measurements and add them together to get your entire home’s square footage. Click here for a video tutorial.

  2. Sale Price:
    Before you can add your property to the MLS, you need to set your listing price. Check out this post for tips on the best way to determine the ideal price point.

  3. Listing Photos:
    Photos are arguably the most important element of your listing. In order to attract buyers, your photos need to be well composed and intriguing. Learn how to create compelling photos that will impress potential buyers.

  4. Property Description:
    A comprehensive, compelling listing description helps you to sell your property (and the lifestyle it provides) to potential buyers. In order to engage more buyers, make a point to highlight unique features of your property, assets of your location and any money-saving features, like new appliances, that provide long-term value. Visit this link for more tips.

How to List:

In order to gain access to the MLS, you need to use a real estate agent or an MLS service. Options for listing on the MLS include:

  1. Use a flat-fee MLS service:
    Generally less than $500 with very limited service; pricing may vary.

  2. Use a discount brokerage:
    Typically 1.5-2% commission; generally limited services compared to those offered by a listing agent.

  3. Use a for-sale-by-owner service:
    Cost varies and service vary significantly by provider.

For more details on each option, click here for a comparison or learn how Home Bay can save you money on your listing.

If you have any questions on how to list, ask them in the comments below. We’re happy to help in any way we can.

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