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Things to Know about Multiple Listing Services for Costa Rica Properties


It’s one thing to live in Costa Rica and enjoy its tropical weather, lush rainforests, and varied wildlife. It’s another to figure out where you’re going to live. One way to figure this out is to browse through multiple listing services for Costa Rica properties.    

How Multiple Listing Services Work

A multiple listing service (MLS) is a database where brokers and their affiliates create, update, and share comprehensive information about real estate. To maintain the quality of this information, the National Association of Realtors regulates most multiple listing services. An MLS may be privately owned or connected to a local organization of realtors.

How to Use a Multiple Listing Service

If you’re satisfied with only basic information about your desired home, you can browse an MLS in Costa Rica on your own. You could find properties from real estate firms like Dominical Real Estate. Otherwise, you have to ask a broker to set up a home search for you. From your broker, you can get information such as price range, number of bedrooms, number of garages, and the like.

To make it easier for you to browse an MLS, figure out what you want in a home first. Consider your family’s needs, the nearby establishments, the cost of living in the area, and the like. List all of these down, and match them to your expectations of your dream home location. With the help of your broker, filter the thousands of homes listed on the MLS according to your specifications, and you’re good to go. 

Benefits of a Multiple Listing Service

Through an MLS, you can gain information about houses that you otherwise won’t glean from traveling around Costa Rica or from possibly outdated brochures, leaflets, and the like. An MLS lets you find homes faster because it makes looking for your dream house only a few clicks away. As for the sellers’ part, they get to have a larger pool of buyers because of these services. Brokers likewise find it easier to close transactions through multiple listing services.

Looking for a great home in Costa Rica doesn’t have to feel like navigating Costa Rica’s rain forests. All you need is a good idea of what you want in a home and a willingness to do the necessary online research to find that home. A lot of the time, an MLS is a good place to start. 

Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012 1:13 AM by Saul Rasminsky

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