What if you were looking for a new home and the MLS listing did not include the number of bedrooms, or information on the types of utilities that are available? Millions of people with disabilities face a similar problem every day, but new changes to the The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is making home searches a lot easier.
Now, the MLS includes descriptions of accessibility features in for-sale homes. The new features available for search include extra-wide doorways that accommodate wheelchairs, swing-in doors, grab-bars in bathrooms, higher toilets, lower light switches and first-floor master bathrooms. While this information is not currently a required disclosure, the support for standardization of accessibility terms in real estate listings continues to grow.
Most recently, the Real Estate Standards Organization breathed new life into the movement, encouraging listing services to include these accessibility features in their listings. The National Association of Realtors reports that 23 of the nation’s biggest MLS’s back accessibility standardization, with many smaller services getting behind it as well. As statistics from the Census Bureau shows, nearly 20 percent of the population, or about 57 million people, have some kind of disability. These new standards will ensure an easy-entry data field for agents to check off when listing houses for sale.
Which features would you like to see added to the search?