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A Massive MLS Update

If you’ve visited this week, you may have noticed a significant change in the property search results. Over the weekend, the Central Oregon MLS completed its transition to a new MLS vendor. As part of this process, it also partnered with several other Oregon MLS associations…

“The Multiple Listing Service of Central Oregon, the Southern Oregon MLS, and the Klamath County Association of REALTORS® have been working together over the past several years to find ways to offer better products and services for our members as a whole. Doing a shared database gives MLS’s the ability to service our members better.”

This partnership also allows access to MLS data across a much larger geographical area of Oregon…

“The new database will have the following counties for primary service areas with listing data:”

“The following counties are supplementary service areas where we have decent listing data but it is not comprehensive and does not fall within our primary service areas of the three MLS’s in the database:”

As far as I can tell, the expanded system is not currently pulling in listings from the RMLS – a “Realtor®-owned Multiple Listing Service (MLS), serving a network of Realtors® approximately 14,000 strong from more than 2,500 offices in Oregon and Southern Washington.” So, you will likely find additional Oregon real estate listings on other sites that will not appear on this one – most notably in the six supplemental areas (counties) listed above. If you see something you like in one of those areas, please reach out to your broker of choice. In most instances, they will still likely be able to assist you.


MLS Areas

MLS Areas are preset areas within the MLS that differ from the “city” designation in that they usually include areas outside city limits. In the case of larger cities, like Bend, they typically include multiple zip codes as well. Initially, I was told that MLS areas would not be carried forward in the new system. However, I’m still seeing most of them – as well as quite a few new ones for smaller communities like Alfalfa, Ashwood, Brothers, Camp Sherman, Crescent, Christmas Valley, Terrebonne (which was previously combined with Redmond), etc.

Oddly, the MLS areas for Crooked River Ranch, Three Rivers South, and North Klamath County have been deleted. And poor Tumalo still has yet to be recognized as anything (“MLS area” or “city”) for searching purposes.

The list below is a quick summary of the MLS areas from the old system as best as I remember them.  Most of the links are still working as I write this, but if you encounter problems, you can always try the search links on any of their associated guide pages.

Our full list of community guides – including many not linked above – can be found here.

All of the zip code and subdivision searches should still work as originally coded. I’ll redefine the overall searches on the Crooked River Ranch and Three Rivers South guides later today to accurately reflect their formerly recognized MLS areas.

Until we get a North Klamath County guide written, I’d suggest simply running a Klamath County search and then switching to the map view. From there you can either zoom into the northern part of the county or draw a shape to limit the listings. That’s an extra step or two, but it will get you the same results that the now-deleted “area” would have provided. You can also bookmark any of the links in this paragraph as shortcuts.  They are dynamic and will always show you the latest listings. 🙂


New Search Criteria

This MLS upgrade has also brought with it a whole host of additional search criteria. So far, none of it has found its way to this website. That’s unfortunate, but I suspect it will turn up in the coming days, weeks, and/or months. Hopefully, sooner than later.

That being said, there are quite a few new search options. For example, we now have several additional recognized architectural styles: A-frame, Colonial, Northwest, Victorian, and “other”. And Cottage and Bungalow have been combined into one (Cottage/Bungalow). Other search options that I’m excited to see include ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit), Short-term Rental Permit, and Airport/runway. I’ll be keeping an eye on the search options and revising our guide pages accordingly as the new ones are incorporated into the backend of this site by our website vendor.

You can see a full list of the criteria that Realtors® now have access to on this example residential input form. Other property types will have additional criteria. I’m expecting the options marked as required will find their way to this site for you to access and use in your real estate searches. Some of the additional, optional criteria will likely be brought over as well. However, based on the previous system, I imagine a lot of those may not migrate to this site.  Instead, they will require a client MLS portal to be utilized in searches. If that is something you need, please contact one of us (preferably the broker you are currently working with – if you are currently working with one) and we will be more than happy to set you up with a complimentary portal.


Further Thoughts

Those are some quick thoughts based upon what I’ve seen this week so far.

There will undoubtedly be some growing pains in the weeks ahead – for both clients and brokers. However, I believe the good far outweighs the bad and this MLS update will more than prove its worth going forward!

If you have any questions or need additional help with your real estate needs, please feel free to get in touch. We are here to help!

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Mitch Darby

I am a real estate broker, architect (both licensed in the State of Oregon), and life-long Oregonian. If you are looking to buy or sell, I can help! I have Northwest Knowledge and am proud to be associated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Real Estate's Forever Brand!

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