Sometimes, when performing a search, the Flexmls fields just don’t cut it. But there is a way to search for specific criteria that you can’t locate in the MLS. Enter the public remarks.

The public remarks is a section of the MLS where the Listing Agent can write a descriptive paragraph that highlights key listing features. This is a searchable field, but is not part of the default criteria. If the property has a unique feature that can’t be checked off with a box, there’s a good chance the listing agent will write about that feature in their public remarks.

Adding Public Remarks to Your Search

From the quick search main page, click the green plus sign at the bottom of the criteria list. Type in Public Remarks and click on it when it appears.

Screenshot of public remarks search in the MLS


For example, if a your client wants a home that has a waterslide, and waterslide is not an option to search by, you can try typing waterslide into the public remarks to see if any listing agents have typed this into their listing. When you do this, you can see there are 13 listings where the agent has typed waterslide into their public remarks.


***Note that the field is not intuitive nor is it a search engine like Google. It simply matches the characters that you have typed in against any listings with the same string of characters.

Written by Megan M from ARMLS
Megan has been working in the real estate industry for over a decade. She specializes in helping new agents begin their journey. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, dogs, and traveling.