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Not every home that's sold is listed in the Multiple Listing Service. In fact, many homes are sold privately, with or without the help of a realtor. If you want to move within your own community, or have ties in the community you want to move to, it often pays to establish a relationship with a realtor who is well established in the area. It's also helpful to let your friends and family know where you want to move to and what type of house you're looking for. You never know who might 'know someone who knows someone' who is selling just the type of house you want.