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What Are the Fees for MLS Access?

The fees for MLS access are generally $20 to $50 a month, depending on the MLS. MLS access usually requires a real estate license. So if you are not an agent or broker, you should also take into account the cost of becoming one. 

We’ve estimated it to cost between $500 and $1,200 to get a real estate license and about another $100 per month to maintain it. For more information, see Is Real Estate School Hard?

The MLS serves as a database where brokers can exchange information about property listings. This allows them to market more effectively and convert more sales.

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Because it costs money to build and maintain this database, the MLS charges user fees. Some brokerages will cover the MLS fees as part of a package of perks to attract agents. But most require the agents to pay the fees themselves.

We’ve listed monthly fees to access some of the nation’s largest MLS below. 

Note: These are estimates based on publicly available information as of Aug. 2019. Actual costs may vary. Many MLS also charge a one-time subscription fee on top of the monthly fee. 



MLS Cost/Month
CRMLS $39/month
Bright MLS $39/month
Stellar MLS $37/month
SEF Shared MLS Database $25/month
MRED $26/month
MLSPIN $29/month
Georgia MLS $20/month
NTREIS $42/month
ARMLS $29/month
HARMLS $20/month

If you are looking for
access to a nationwide MLS, you should know there currently is no such MLS. Instead, there are more than 500 MLS across the country, each with its own coverage area and database. You can see them all in our List of MLS in the U.S.

Even still, the landscape for MLS is changing. Each year, more and more MLS are cooperating through partnerships such as MLS Grid and consolidating into mega MLS like Bright MLS.

For more on the shape of the real estate industry, see our interview with former RESO CEO Jeremy Crawford.

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The opinions or information expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views, policy, or position of Realtyna. The information on Realtyna’s Website is general, for informational purposes only, and is not to be relied upon or interpreted as real estate, legal, accounting, or other professional advice or a substitute. Please discuss anything related to the certification process, professional advice or legal procedures with your MLS providers.

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  • M O
    Posted at 14:55h, 11 August

    Do you know how much of the monthly MLS fee goes to the software provider (Matrix, Paragon, etc.)? Are MLSs charging a large markup to members to gain access?

    • Tait Militana
      Posted at 06:46h, 13 August

      It’s a good question. We can’t say with certainty, but MLSs probably recoup other costs, such as maintenance and security, in the membership fee as well.

  • Nancy DeLuca
    Posted at 05:40h, 07 May

    How much does a real estate agency pay to be able to list clients on the MLS?

    • Tait Militana
      Posted at 05:42h, 11 May

      Hi Nancy, it’s a great question and it really depends MLS to MLS. There are a variety of ownership and fee structures for shareholder brokerages.