This announcement and project has been a long time in the making, and I’m very excited to share the upcoming changes provided by our local Multiple Listing Service, MRIS (for a detailed explanation of what that means, read “What Does MLS Stand For?“).
Beginning next week, MRIS has teamed up with the National Association of Realtors(R) (NAR) to bring DC area agents access to RPR – Realtors Property Resource. RPR is NAR’s exclusive online real estate database, which provides REALTORS® with data on every parcel of property in the United States. This means we’ll have more access to:
-Detailed views of every parcel of property in the US (over 147 million US residential and commerical properties!)
-Public records and tax assessments
-Prior transaction and sales history
-Zoning, Permits, Mortgage and lien data
-FEMA Flood Maps
-Neighborhood and School disctrict boundaries
-Foreclosure database by county
Currently, most of this data is available when you search the web, especially since Arlington County’s website is so thorough. However, properties bought at foreclosure take months to update, some permits and zoning applications aren’t updated on their website right away, and much of the mortgage and lien data is scarce. This new database will be a compilation of all of the existing information on a property. When looking at homes you’ll have much more information about the property before you ever see it or talk to the neighbors!
This program is available to members of the National Association of Realtors(R) only. Not every real estate agent is a member, so make sure your agent is (I AM!).