Real Estate Almanac

Multiple Listing Services

The MLS section of the ORE 200 includes a ranking of all the nation’s MLS organizations, by membership count as of December 31, 2020. Note that the list only features MLS organizations, which have a governance structure with clear listing processes, procedures and compliance rules, and not MLS systems, which essentially are just a database and number just a handful in the country covering just a few dozen subscribers.

MLS Overview

Multiple listing services (MLSs) create connections that serve as a listing database for all a market’s homes for sale while enabling collaboration between competing brokers and agents to make transactions happen as quickly as possible and for the highest price. MLSs essentially serve as cooperatives, the result of brokerages coming together to collaborate on marketing and selling each other’s listings. MLSs are anchored by a technology platform, often provided by a third-party software provider.

Source: Real Estate Almanac

Of the 556 MLSs in the country at the end of 2020, 108 are regional MLSs, either owned by two or more Realtor associations or serve regional markets (19 are broker-owned); 448 are local MLSs, which have a single Realtor association owner. Just 3 percent of MLSs are not owned by a Realtor association or group of associations, based on T3 Sixty’s research.

Source: Real Estate Almanac

The nation’s large regional MLSs have huge footprints, sophisticated technology, innovative business practices and well-run management structures. The largest MLSs serve members across a broad geographic area, sometimes statewide or even across multiple states. These include California Regional MLS (104,414 subscribers), Bright MLS (94,429 subscribers) and Florida-based Stellar MLS (64,552 subscribers).

Year No. of Local Associations Median Local Association Member Count Average Local Association Member Count
2020 1,088 360 1,279
2021 1,069 1,351 383
% Change -1.7% 6.4% 5.6%

Source: Real Estate Almanac

Over half of the nation’s MLS subscribers belong to one of the largest 20 MLSs and 14 percent of the nation’s MLSs account for approximately 80 percent of the nation’s 1.7 million MLS subscribers. On the other side of the spectrum are small local MLSs. These organizations, which do not have as many resources, have memberships measuring in just the hundreds. Approximately 45 percent of the nation’s 556 MLSs have under 400 subscribers.

In some cases, two or more local MLSs serve the same city, such as First Multiple Listing Service and Georgia MLS in Atlanta. In other cases, such as UtahRealEstate.com, MLSs basically cover the state.

Since the early 1990s, the MLS industry has seen a wave of consolidation. Just six years ago there were over 800 MLSs as compared to the 556 MLSs at the end of 2020. With that, MLSs are getting bigger while their overall count drops. From 2020 to 2021 the median subscriber count per MLS grew 18.8 percent while the average subscriber count per MLS grew 9.8 percent.

MLS Memberships

The rankings show that the nation’s 20 largest MLSs (approximately 3.6 percent of all MLSs) serve over 50 percent of the nation’s total MLS subscribers; this number will likely go up as consolidation increases across the country and MLSs become larger. 

Residential real estate brokerage industry’s MLSs listed as of December 31, 2020. Sorted by end of year membership. Note that the list only features MLS organizations, which have a governance structure with clear listing processes, procedures and compliance rules, and not MLS systems, which essentially are just a database and number just a handful in the country covering just a few dozen subscribers.

2021 Rank

Multiple Listing Service

 

2020 EOY Membership

501

Eagle Pass Board of Realtors

Austin

TX

Rank: 

501

Membership: 

81
Eagle Pass Board of Realtors based out of Austin, TX reported 81 members in 2020, an increase of 5.2% from 2019, and a 24.6% an increase from 2018.

502

Del Norte Association of Realtors

Crescent City

CA

Rank: 

502

Membership: 

80
Del Norte Association of Realtors based out of Crescent City, CA reported 80 members in 2020, a decrease of .0% from the prior year, and a 15.9% an increase from 2018.

502

Four County Board of Realtors

Corinth

MS

Rank: 

502

Membership: 

80
Four County Board of Realtors based out of Corinth, MS reported 80 members in 2020, a decrease of -7.0% from the prior year, and a 11.1% an increase from 2018.

504

Warren County Board of Realtors

Warren

PA

Rank: 

504

Membership: 

75
Warren County Board of Realtors based out of Warren, PA reported 75 members in 2020, an increase of 2.7% from the prior year, and a 25.0% an increase from 2018.

504

Batesville Board of Realtors

Batesville

AR

Rank: 

504

Membership: 

75
Batesville Board of Realtors based out of Batesville, AR reported 75 members in 2020, a decrease of -5.1% from 2019, and a -5.1% a decrease from 2018.

506

Montcalm County Association of Realtors

Greenville

MI

Rank: 

506

Membership: 

72
Montcalm County Association of Realtors based out of Greenville, MI reported

506

Cherokee County Board of Realtors

Gaffney

SC

Rank: 

506

Membership: 

72
Cherokee County Board of Realtors based out of Gaffney, SC reported 72 members in 2020, an increase of 9.1% from 2019, and a 44.0% an increase from 2018.

508

Hopkinsville-Christian & Todd County Asn of Realtors

Hopkinsville

KY

Rank: 

508

Membership: 

70
Hopkinsville-Christian & Todd County Asn of Realtors based out of Hopkinsville, KY reported 70 members in 2020, an increase of 1.4% from the prior year, and a 12.9% an increase from 2018.

508

Madisonville Hopkins County Board of Realtors

Madisonville

KY

Rank: 

508

Membership: 

70
Madisonville Hopkins County Board of Realtors based out of Madisonville, KY reported 70 members in 2020, an increase of 6.1% from 2019, and a 11.1% an increase from 2018.

510

Dublin Board of Realtors

Dublin

GA

Rank: 

510

Membership: 

68
Dublin Board of Realtors based out of Dublin, GA, reported 68 members in 2020, an increase of 7.9% from the prior year, and a 7.9% an increase from 2018.

510

Southern Piedmont Land & Lake Association of Realtors

South Boston

VA

Rank: 

510

Membership: 

68
Southern Piedmont Land & Lake Association of Realtors based out of South Boston, VA reported 68 members in 2020, an increase of 3.0% from the prior year, and a 25.9% an increase from 2018.

512

Matagorda County Board of Realtors

Austin

TX

Rank: 

512

Membership: 

67
Matagorda County Board of Realtors (Mangaged by Texas Realtors) based out of Austin, TX reported 67 members in 2020, a decrease of -6.9% from the prior year, and a -6.9% a decrease from 2018.

513

Lincoln County Board of Realtors

North Platte

NE

Rank: 

513

Membership: 

66
Lincoln County Board of Realtors based out of North Platte, NE reported 66 members in 2020, a decrease of -10.8% from 2019, and a -10.8% a decrease from 2018.

513

Natchez Board of Realtors

Natchez

MS

Rank: 

513

Membership: 

66
Natchez Board of Realtors based out of Natchez, MS reported 66 members in 2020, a decrease of .0% from the prior year, and a .0% a decrease from 2018.

515

Central Kentucky Association of Realtors

Danville

KY

Rank: 

515

Membership: 

65
Central Kentucky Association of Realtors based out of Danville, KY reported 65 members in 2020, a decrease of -34.3% from the prior year, and a -34.3% a decrease from 2018.

516

Tillamook County Board of Realtors

Tillamook

OR

Rank: 

516

Membership: 

64
Tillamook County Board of Realtors based out of Tillamook, OR reported 64 members in 2020, an increase of 8.5% from the prior year, and a 6.7% an increase from 2018.

517

Covington Association of Realtors

Andalusia

AL

Rank: 

517

Membership: 

62
Covington Association of Realtors based out of Andalusia, AL reported 62 members in 2020, a decrease of -1.6% from 2019, and a -1.6% a decrease from 2018.

517

Central South Dakota Board of Realtors

Blunt

SD

Rank: 

517

Membership: 

62
Central South Dakota Board of Realtors based out of Blunt, SD reported 62 members in 2020, an increase of 12.7% from the prior year, and a 12.7% an increase from 2018.

517

Randolph County Board of Realtors

Moberly

MO

Rank: 

517

Membership: 

62
Randolph County Board of Realtors based out of Moberly, MO, reported 62 members in 2020, an increase of 3.3% from the prior year, and a 3.3% an increase from 2018.

520

Yancey Mitchell Board of Realtors

Spruce Pine

NC

Rank: 

520

Membership: 

61
Yancey Mitchell Board of Realtors based out of Spruce Pine, NC reported 61 members in 2020, a decrease of -10.3% from 2019, and a 7.0% an increase from 2018.

520

San Patricio County Association of Realtors

Portland

TX

Rank: 

520

Membership: 

61
San Patricio County Association of Realtors based out of Portland, TX reported 61 members in 2020, a decrease of -6.2% from 2019, and a 3.4% an increase from 2018.

522

Lewis and Clark Board of Realtors

Yankton

SD

Rank: 

522

Membership: 

59
Lewis and Clark Board of Realtors based out of Yankton, SD reported 59 members in 2020, a decrease of -1.7% from 2019, and a -60.7% a decrease from 2018.

523

Jamestown Board of Realtors

Jamestown

ND

Rank: 

523

Membership: 

57
Jamestown Board of Realtors based out of Jamestown, ND reported 57 members in 2020, a decrease of -19.7% from the prior year, and a -19.7% a decrease from 2018.

523

Lassen Association of Realtors

Susanville

CA

Rank: 

523

Membership: 

57
Lassen Association of Realtors based out of Susanville, CA reported 57 members in 2020, a decrease of .0% from 2019, and a 32.6% an increase from 2018.

525

Pittsburg Board of Realtors

Pittsburg

KS

Rank: 

525

Membership: 

55
Pittsburg Board of Realtors based out of Pittsburg, KS reported 55 members in 2020, a decrease of -5.2% from the prior year, and a 5.8% an increase from 2018.

525

Plainview Association of Realtors

Plainview

TX

Rank: 

525

Membership: 

55
Plainview Association of Realtors based out of Plainview, TX reported 55 members in 2020, an increase of 17.0% from 2019, and a 25.0% an increase from 2018.

527

Jefferson County Board of Realtors

Madison

IN

Rank: 

527

Membership: 

52
Jefferson County Board of Realtors based out of Madison, IN reported 52 members in 2020, a decrease of -23.5% from 2019, and a -11.9% a decrease from 2018.

527

Huntingdon County Board of Realtors

Huntingdon

PA

Rank: 

527

Membership: 

52
Huntingdon County Board of Realtors based out of Huntingdon, PA reported 52 members in 2020, a decrease of .0% from 2019, and a 4.0% an increase from 2018.

527

Logan County Board of Realtors

Lincoln

IL

Rank: 

527

Membership: 

52
Logan County Board of Realtors based out of Lincoln, IL reported 52 members in 2020, a decrease of -1.9% from 2019, and a -1.9% a decrease from 2018.

530

Mitchell Board of Realtors

Mitchell

SD

Rank: 

530

Membership: 

51
Mitchell Board of Realtors based out of Mitchell, SD, reported 51 members in 2020, a decrease of -3.8% from the prior year, and a -3.8% a decrease from 2018.

530

Crisp Area Board of Realtors

Cordele

GA

Rank: 

530

Membership: 

51
Crisp Area Board of Realtors based out of Cordele, GA reported 51 members in 2020, an increase of 70.0% from 2019, and a 70.0% an increase from 2018.

532

Douglas Coffee County Board of Realtors

Douglas

GA

Rank: 

532

Membership: 

49
Douglas Coffee County Board of Realtors based out of Douglas, GA reported 49 members in 2020, an increase of 4.3% from the prior year, and a 28.9% an increase from 2018.

532

Pike County Real Estate Association

Troy

AL

Rank: 

532

Membership: 

49
Pike County Real Estate Association based out of Troy, AL reported 49 members in 2020.

534

Trinity County Association of Realtors

Weaverville

CA

Rank: 

534

Membership: 

46
Trinity County Association of Realtors based out of Weaverville, CA, reported 46 members in 2020, an increase of 9.5% from the prior year, and a 9.5% an increase from 2018.

535

Moultrie Board of Realtors

Moultrie

GA

Rank: 

535

Membership: 

45
Moultrie Board of Realtors based out of Moultrie, GA, reported 45 members in 2020, an increase of 7.1% from the prior year, and a 7.1% an increase from 2018.

536

Eufaula Board of Realtors

Eufaula

AL

Rank: 

536

Membership: 

44
Eufaula Board of Realtors based out of Eufaula, AL reported 44 members in 2020, an increase of 4.8% from 2019, and a 10.0% an increase from 2018.

536

Henderson Audubon Board of Realtors

Henderson

KY

Rank: 

536

Membership: 

44
Henderson Audubon Board of Realtors based out of Henderson, KY reported 44 members in 2020, a decrease of -4.3% from 2019, and a -4.3% a decrease from 2018.

538

Johnson County Board of Realtors

Clarksville

AR

Rank: 

538

Membership: 

43
Johnson County Board of Realtors based out of Clarksville, AR, reported 43 members in 2020, a decrease of -56.6% from the prior year, and a 2.4% an increase from 2018.

539

Greenwood Board of Realtors

Greenwood

MS

Rank: 

539

Membership: 

41
Greenwood Board of Realtors based out of Greenwood, MS reported 41 members in 2020, a decrease of -8.9% from the prior year, and a -8.9% a decrease from 2018.

540

Idyllwild Association of Realtors

Idyllwild

CA

Rank: 

540

Membership: 

39
Idyllwild Association of Realtors based out of Idyllwild, CA reported 39 members in 2020, a decrease of -11.4% from 2019, and a -9.3% a decrease from 2018.

541

Greenville Area Board of Realtors

Greenville

MS

Rank: 

541

Membership: 

38
Greenville Area Board of Realtors based out of Greenville, MS reported 38 members in 2020, a decrease of .0% from the prior year, and a 2.7% an increase from 2018.

542

Coastal Bend Association of Realtors

Austin

TX

Rank: 

542

Membership: 

37
Coastal Bend Association of Realtors based out of Austin, TX, reported 37 members in 2020, a decrease of -2.6% from the prior year, and a -2.6% a decrease from 2018.

543

Elk Cameron Board of Realtors

Emporium

PA

Rank: 

543

Membership: 

36
Elk Cameron Board of Realtors based out of Emporium, PA reported 36 members in 2020, a decrease of .0% from 2019, and a .0% a decrease from 2018.

544

Fayette-Nicholas Board of Realtors

Fayetteville

WV

Rank: 

544

Membership: 

35
Fayette-Nicholas Board of Realtors based out of Fayetteville, WV reported 35 members in 2020, a decrease of -7.9% from 2019, and a -69.0% a decrease from 2018.

545

Dumas Board of Realtors (Run by Texas Realtors)

Austin

TX

Rank: 

545

Membership: 

34
Dumas Board of Realtors (Run by Texas Realtors) based out of Austin, TX reported 34 members in 2020, a decrease of -8.1% from the prior year, and a -8.1% a decrease from 2018.

546

Dodge City Board of Realtors

Dodge City

KS

Rank: 

546

Membership: 

33
Dodge City Board of Realtors based out of Dodge City, KS, reported 33 members in 2020, a decrease of .0% from the prior year, and a 22.2% an increase from 2018.

546

Pampa Board of Realtors

Pampa

TX

Rank: 

546

Membership: 

33
Pampa Board of Realtors based out of Pampa, TX reported 33 members in 2020, a decrease of .0% from 2019, and a .0% a decrease from 2018.

546

Dalhart Board of Realtors

Dalhart

TX

Rank: 

546

Membership: 

33
Dalhart Board of Realtors based out of Dalhart, TX reported 33 members in 2020, a decrease of -5.7% from 2019, and a 10.0% an increase from 2018.

549

Huron Board of Realtors

Huron

SD

Rank: 

549

Membership: 

32
Huron Board of Realtors based out of Huron, SD reported 32 members in 2020, a decrease of -5.9% from 2019, and a -5.9% a decrease from 2018.

550

Monroe County Board of Realtors

Monroeville

AL

Rank: 

550

Membership: 

31
Monroe County Board of Realtors based out of Monroeville, AL reported 31 members in 2020, a decrease of -6.1% from 2019, and a 29.2% an increase from 2018.

551

Mckean County Association of Realtors

Kane

PA

Rank: 

551

Membership: 

29
Mckean County Association of Realtors based out of Kane, PA reported 29 members in 2020, a decrease of -14.7% from 2019, and a -14.7% a decrease from 2018.

552

Americus Board of Realtors

Americus

GA

Rank: 

552

Membership: 

28
Americus Board of Realtors based out of Americus, GA reported 28 members in 2020, an increase of 12.0% from the prior year, and a 12.0% an increase from 2018.

553

Grenada Board of Realtors

Grenada

MS

Rank: 

553

Membership: 

26
Grenada Board of Realtors based out of Grenada, MS, reported 26 members in 2020, a decrease of -3.7% from the prior year, and a 8.3% an increase from 2018.

554

Nolan County Board of Realtors

Austin

TX

Rank: 

554

Membership: 

20
Nolan County Board of Realtors based out of Austin, TX, reported 20 members in 2020, a decrease of -13.0% from the prior year, and a -13.0% a decrease from 2018.

555

Mid Valley Association of Realtors

Kewanee

IL

Rank: 

555

Membership: 

18
Mid Valley Association of Realtors based out of Kewanee, IL reported 18 members in 2020, a decrease of -14.3% from 2019, and a -14.3% a decrease from 2018.

556

Clarksdale Board of Realtors

Clarksdale

MS

Rank: 

556

Membership: 

10
Clarksdale Board of Realtors based out of Clarksdale, MS reported 10 members in 2020, a decrease of -9.1% from 2019, and a -9.1% a decrease from 2018.