We call it data integrity. When homes are listed with a Realtor® they go into our local MLS, which is a data base of homes for sale and when you go on the internet to look at homes for sale many of the real estate company and agent web sites pull data right from the MLS. MLS stands for Multiple Listing Service and it is owned and paid for by local area Realtors.
We do everything we can to keep the information we provide as accurate as possible. For one thing we don’t let just anyone enter the information into the system and we have a lot of rules and people who break rules, enter the wrong information or fail to update the status of a home when it has an offer on it receive a fine.
If you find a home for sale when you use the home search on this site the home is really for sale.
Sometimes there are mistakes, which is why we say the information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
In the first quarter of 2014 over 500o notices have been issued to agents who had listings with inaccurate data or who violated one of the many rules.
The Northstar MLS has the largest and most accurate information about homes for sale in the Twin Cities because we work at it and control it. The information can be accessed through real estate company and agent web sites and of course you can contact me and I can whip up a search and have information about homes for sale sent to you as soon as they hit the market and before they already have offers on them.