posted this on May 24, 2010 04:19 pm
Start your search from the blue-gray Search bar that you will find atop the website’s homepage and the Search tab. This Search bar gives you lots of options for finding a property or properties, searching for neighborhoods, running saved searches, and more. Let’s move from left to right across the Search bar.
The Quick Searches dropdown expands to display a link, “My Current Listings,” which controls a search for your own active listings. When you follow the link, you initiate a search for all your active listings for sale. There’s another way to run the same search, and we’ll mention it below.
Underneath the “My Current Listings” link, the Quick Searches dropdown has five more sections that pertain to your previous searching:
Properties: Any properties you have searched for and saved previously will appear in this list. Follow the link from the dropdown to go straight to a saved property’s Property Details page. Or, edit the list in the dropdown if you no longer want to save a particular property.
Neighborhoods: Any neighborhoods you have searched for and saved previously will appear in this list. Follow the link from the dropdown to go straight to a saved neighborhood's Neighborhood Details page. Or, edit the list in the dropdown if you no longer want to save a particular property.
Searches: Any searches you have saved previously will appear in this list. Follow the link from the dropdown to run the search again. Or, edit the list in the dropdown if you no longer need a specific search.
Custom Areas: Any areas you have saved previously will appear in this list. These are custom locations you defined using the polygon or radius drawing tool on the search map, and then saved as an area rather than a search. Follow the link from the dropdown to show the area again. Or, edit the list in the dropdown if you no longer need a specific area.
Market Activity in My Home Areas: This section appears at the bottom of the dropdown, and if you have many saved items in the sections above, you may want to close a section or two (click the name of the section or the black triangle) so you can easily view the whole list. When you run a Market Activity search in your local market, called your Home Area, you are searching for new listings, price reductions, recently sold properties and other activity in that area in the past three months. You can update your Home Area list by clicking the “Edit” link in this section, which allows you to add or change your Home Areas. Or, you can visit the My Profile tab to search and add to your Home Areas or delete Home Areas—you may have up to 10. You can also run a Market Activity search, for any geography and with more control over the timeframe of the search, using the Search bar. We describe that process below.
To the right of Quick Searches, you can initiate a new search by filling in one of these radio buttons atop the Search bar:
When you select an All Properties or For Sale search, you will fill in a geography to search, as well as any of the parameters shown below the Search bar—Estimate Range / Price Range, Beds or Baths—that you may wish to use to narrow your search. Then press the yellow Search button. Or, you can follow the Advanced Search link for more searching options.
For more details on advanced searching techniques, and searching using the map, visit these Knowledge Base articles:
When you execute a Neighborhoods search, you will enter a geography and then choose whether you want your results to include that area exclusively, sub-areas within the geography or areas nearby. Use the dropdown below the Search bar to make your selection.
The Market Activity search functions the same as Quick Searches dropdown for Market Activity, except that you can enter any geography to search, not only your Home Areas. And you can control the timeframe covered by the search: the last three months, the last month, the last week or the last three days. Note that you can save a customized search like this if you expect to run it frequently.
The My Listings search functions the same as the My Current Listings option in the Quick Searches dropdown.
If you previously saved a search that you want to execute again, use the Quick Searches dropdown to choose the search to run. You’ll find your searches organized by Properties, Searches, Custom Areas and Home Areas. If you haven’t yet saved any searches, the dropdown will link to a video on saving searches.
Although RPR can search most any geography, it's smart to limit the size of the area you search. This ensures that you receive accurate results quickly. For instance, a search for All Properties in a county can take quite some time to run if the county is moderately or densely populated. It's better to search by city or ZIP in this case.
If you have more specific search criteria, follow the “Advanced Search” link located to the right of the yellow Search button. Doing so will expand the Search bar to reveal more search options, which vary depending on whether your search is All Properties, For Sale or Neighborhoods. A For Sale search, for instance, includes expanded criteria such as price range, square footage, new on the market, property type and much more. Using more precise parameters guarantees you'll get the results you desire. Remember, once you set up a specific search you can save it to run again so you don’t have to repeat this step in the process.
Your results display on a Search Results page for For Sale and All Properties searches and a Neighborhood Details page for a Neighborhoods search. In the left-hand column of the results page, you can filter your search results. You will see information on each parameter in your search and can easily select or deselect criteria to narrow or widen your results. Some of the criteria for For Sale searches include price range, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and size of living area. All Properties searches can be narrowed or widened to include distressed and non-distressed properties, valuation range, sale date and more. You can toggle between a List View and a Map View using the tabs below the Search bar, depending on how you wish to view your results.