Mapping Features from the MLS
J. Andrew English
Each MLS uses a mapping feature to plot the various properties for sale. The point of the mapping feature is to allow Realtors® to search by map. Basically, the Realtor® boxes in the area on the map they wish to search. This style of searching is relatively rare because of the numerous errors with the MLS mapping features. The biggest problem is simply inconsistency. For example, it is not uncommon for properties on the same street to return very different results. One property may map correctly and one may return a “can not be found” error. Because of this inconsistency, most MLS’s have gone to 3rd party providers for this mapping feature. The most common is the Microsoft mapping system. As a property owner, if you are concerned about you property being displayed accurately through the mapping system, try to ensure your property can be mapped correctly through Mapquest, Google, Yahoo, etc… If the property shows correctly on these sites, the MLS mapping feature should display your property correctly on their map.