Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between NY State MLS and My State MLS?  NY State MLS is the statewide MLS for New York, but it is part of My State MLS, which is a nationwide MLS for every state in the country.  All members of NY State MLS are part of My State MLS and all members of My State MLS are part of NY State MLS.  

What is NY State MLS and My State MLS? NY State MLS is New York's statewide Multiple Listing Service open to all Licensed Real Estate Professionals (Agents, Brokers, Appraisers) working in New York. All NY State MLS members must offer compensation for any co-broke property and adhere to State Laws governing the sale of property by a Licensed Professional.  Unlike a local MLS, NY State MLS has no boundaries as to where you can list. This means no more "out of area" listings.   My State MLS is the same, but is the MLS for any state in the USA.

What are some of the benefits for joining NY State MLS and My State MLS?  Low cost is one of the best features of the MLS. Whether a single broker,  or an office of dozens of agents the MLS is competitively priced, without any extra fees or fines. Use theMLS to expand your working area (increase your territory for business), search for specific types of sales like foreclosures and short sales, or simply as a marketing tool to get more agents and more listings for your business.

Where do my listings go?  Listings are syndicated to ListHub which feeds to over 85 different websites. My State MLS listings are fed DIRECTLY to, Trulia, Zillow, their network of websites, and The MLS uses advanced syndication that will automatically show members as the listing agent next to their listings at no additional cost. Members can promote themselves and their business by branding their listings on third party websites.  Each third party site has its own listing display policy, so not all listings will display on all third party syndication sites.  

What is Professional Search (formerly known as FIND)? Professional Search is a powerful tool that allows members to search Millions of property listings and records throughout the entire Country. Professional Search has the ability to look up listings, listing history, listing details and public records for properties. Listings can be searched by map location and/or criteria and listings can be added to a report which can be printed, saved or emailed to your clients.  Professional Search is powered by

How much does it cost to become a member? For our most up to date pricing, please visit this page.  The yearly membership is priced at a significant discount. Payment can be made by credit card, or check. Check Payment is only available for yearly membership. Office pricing is also available and is based on the size of the office. for more information on office pricing call 1-888-769-7657

Do I have to be a licensed real estate profession to join? You must be a licensed real estate broker, associate broker or salesperson.  Auctioneers licensed to sell real estate are also allowed to join. Attorney's are allowed to join in states that allow attorneys to represent clients as real estate brokers.  Appraisers and lending institutions are also allowed to subscribe for comparable data. Your Real Estate License number is required when creating an account. Your firm must also be a participant.  

How do I become a member?  Please visit our Membership Sign-Up page to join our site as a member.

Do you supply lock boxes or have a standard key? The MLS does not have a set rule for LockBoxes and box and access information will vary by each broker and agent. Please contact the listing broker for property access info.

Can I list properties for sale by auction?  MLS Members can enter Real Estate Auction listings with a comprehensive set of auction specific fields specifically designed with the real estate auctioneer in mind.  List both Absolute and Non-Absolute Auctions.  When auctions are listed for sale as a regular auction, a starting bid is required.  When absolute auction is selected then the form requests an estimated value. There is a link to bid on-line if you have on-line bidding set up on your website.  The auction start and end is also listed, and a field designating the auction as on-line only if applicable.

Can I buy banner ads? Yes, you must be a member.  For more information on purchasing advertising Contact Us.

Who Owns and My State MLS ( and NY State MLS ( are products of State Listings, Inc., a privately held corporation.

What Are the Terms of Use of the MLS? - To read the public terms of use click here.  To obtain a copy of the member terms of use, the area strictly reserved for My State MLS members, please contact the MLS or if you are a member visit the Member's only, passcode protected area and click on "Member Terms of Use".

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