Decoding an MLS Listing
Before computers, realtors used to meet at their local association’s offices to share information about properties for sale and offer to share part of their commission. Today, most homes are listed through the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), an online database of detailed information about properties for sale. Many of the popular websites, including Weichert®, use this service to find and share information for homes listed by other Realtors®. By consolidating the listing information, more homes are made available to every buyer.
The MLS listing should give the basics about a home: the price, taxes, types of utilities, and square footage. It may also give the breakdown of the number of floors, size of the rooms and their location within the home. There are often additional notes with details that don’t fit into the standard listing formula.
The MLS listing sheets can be hard to read because they are full of acronyms to describe the features of a home. Although this information reads as a second language to realtors, it can be confusing to a buyer. Here’s some help for decoding an MLS listing.
|#-zone H/A||Zoned heating and air conditioning, separate units|
|½, .5 or .1 Bath||A bathroom, with only a commode and sink|
|A/C or AC||Air Conditioning|
|A/G PL||Above Ground Pool|
|AMENIT||Amenities listing for a condominium complex or gated community|
|C H/A||Central heat and air|
|C/VAC, CVAC||Central vacuum|
|CAC, C/AC||Central Air Conditioning|
|CDOM||Combined days on the market. All of the days on the market, even if the the home has been relisted|
|DOM||Number of days the property has been on the market|
|FDR||Formal Dining Room|
|FLOOR||Type of flooring will be listed here - hardwood, carpet, tile, etc.|
|FP, FPL, FPLC||Fireplace|
|FSBO||For Sale by Owner|
|HEAT||Type of heat: radiant, central, forced, etc.|
|HOD||Homeowners dues, for condos, gated communities, etc.|
|HVAC||Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning|
|LAUNDRY||For apartments or condo, will list if the laundry is inside of the unit|
|LD||List date. The date the property was put on the market.|
|LP/SF||List price per sq. ft.|
|POA||Prop Owners Association|
|PROP HT||Propane Heat|
|RV PRKG||RV Parking|
|SD/W||Storm Doors and Windows|
|SP/SF||Sales price per sq. ft.|
|TOWN, TH||Town House|
|W/D HKUP||Washer/Dryer Hookup|
|W/O||Walk Out or Without|
|W/W CPT||Wall To Wall Carpet|
|WBFP||Wood Burning Fireplace|
|WBS||Wood Burning Stove|
|WD PNL||Wood Paneling|
Why is there Incomplete Information?
If the information is incomplete, it is likely because it was never submitted with the original listing. If the missing information cannot be found by going to the home directly, contact the listing agent. If it is information about the zoning or survey, contact the local municipality for more details.