MetroList® Services, Inc. owns and operates the multiple listing service (MLS) in the Sacramento region. An MLS is a member cooperative that real estate brokers join to share information on listed properties. When a cooperating broker assists the listing broker in the sale of a listed property, the cooperating broker earns compensation from the listing broker. Among its roles, MetroList:
- Develops, maintains and enforces MLS rules
- Purchases and distributes lockboxes and keys to administrative centers
- Sets subscription fees
- Maintains MLS data
- Develops, trains and markets new technology
SAR's Relationship to MetroList
SAR and MetroList are separate entities; however, our Member Services Department provides administrative support to MLS subscribers. SAR support includes:
- MLS subscriptions sales
- Lockbox and lockbox key service and training
- MLS rules enforcement
- Data entry
Subscribing to MetroList
Only qualified real estate professionals can subscribe to the MLS. For qualification details and additional information, please see MLS rules. If you meet the requirements as outlined in the MLS rules and wish to apply for a subscription, please:
- Complete the MetroList Service Application, including responsible broker's signature, as directed in the instructions
- Provide payment
- Fax or mail your application and payment to SAR (fax: 916-922-1221)
You may also call SAR's Member Services Department at (916) 922-7711 to request the forms or inquire about special subscriptions for administrative/clerical personnel.
MetroList and MLS History
SAR incorporated MetroList Services, Inc. on April 11, 1985 as a separate entity. MetroList's purpose was to own and operate the computer system supporting the regional MLS database, which served the Sacramento, Placer County and El Dorado County Associations of REALTORS®.
In 1995, MetroList was reorganized and became the largest MLS in California's greater Central Valley. Today, MetroList provides MLS and computer service to over 23,000 real estate brokers and agents in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties.
Because of its wide reaching service, consumers who list their homes for sale with MetroList MLS-approved brokers are assured of reaching the largest number of potential buyers. In addition, buyers have access to MetroList MLS listings online through http://www.metrolistmls.com, the Valley's premier real estate website.