The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is used by Real Estate Agents to list homes for sale as well as search For homes for prospective buyers.
In mid-September, a significant change was made to the way homes are listed on its service.
For years, homes fell into what were called MLS Districts. Some districts contained one community, others more than one. Some agents as well as the MLS Board of Governors felt that there were problems with homes being listed in the wrong MLS areas, and that the MLS District system itself and its boundaries were “arbitrary” and in need of a change.
So the change was made. Now homes are listed by “neighborhood” instead of by MLS District.
In some areas this works like a dream, but in others, including areas of Como Park, it’s hurting more than it’s helping. In fact, it could be argued that the City District boundaries by which the MLS is now defining neighborhoods are even more arbitrary than the old MLS districts. This is no more evident than by the fact that homes on West Como Boulevard, with direct views of Como Lake and Park will currently not show up for an agent searching strictly in the “Como” neighborhood. They would have to search “North End/South Como” to find them. But this latter “neighborhood” includes homes as far east as Rice Street and beyond.
Many hundreds of homes were purchased by homebuyers believing they would be living in Como Park. This recent change may have a drastic impact on that reality.
I myself have lived in and worked as an Realtor in this newly defined neighborhood for years. So I admit both a personal and professional interest in this issue.
Please leave any thoughts/comments you may have in the area below. We will be compiling feedback to forward to the relevant parties. If you’d like to speak to me directly, please feel free to contact me at (651) 442-0829.
Thank you for your attention!