A Multiple Listing Service, Multiple Listing System or widely known as MLS, is an essential electronic portal of property listing database that allows real estate brokers and agents to find homes for sale, gather essential property data, or engage business with other realtors or clients. Using the MLS also means your property will get distributed to Zillow, Realtor.com, Redfin, Trulia, and other national real estate websites. In order to get listed on your local MLS first, you have to be a licensed real estate agent or hire one to do the listing. However, homeowners selling a home without a realtor or For Sale By Owner home sellers, pick a Flat Fee MLS service that allows them to list their homes in online databases for an upfront discounted fee. Instead of the traditional route of hiring a real estate agent which can cost 5 to 6% of the sales price, a Flat Fee option enables you to get qualified buyers faster for a fixed cost.