Property Search Engine – Tips & Tricks

by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden

in Huntsville Home Buyer Tips

Incompatible Location Parameters is by and far the largest problem we see new users having, while utilizing the advanced search capabilities of the North Alabama Homes search engine. Within each MLS Area there can be multiple Cities each with several Zip Codes each with a number of different subdivisions. For example, if I formulate a search of the city of Huntsville and accompany that search with a zip code or subdivision that does not exist in the city then the search will correctly find no results.

Initially Use Broad Location Parameters:

Tip: If you are new, relocating, or unfamiliar with the area begin your search by viewing our MLS Area Map and familiarize yourself with the region and the names and locations of the MLS Areas. You can even execute area wide searches directly from this map.

Tip: Once you have an area search result up on your screen, use the sort options above the property listings to sort your results by City, Zip Code, Subdivision, or Schools. The property summaries provide the names of all of these sort keys, so as you browse available properties you can note and begin to learn the more detailed location criteria of your favorite homes.

Difference between City Names and City Limits:

Tip: A city’s name is a part of the property address and does not explicitly map to city limits. For example, a search of all Huntsville Properties will select all homes serviced by Huntsville post offices which will include surrounding areas of Madison County.

Tip: Use the available MLS Areas that specify city limits (e.g., Athens City, Hsv City East, etc) to narrow property searches to city limits and thus city school districts.

Remove Unneeded Parameters on Detailed Searches:

Our detailed search menus allow great flexibility in filtering properties to your exact criteria, however the more parameters you use the longer the search process will take.

Tip: Narrow your location parameters to the smallest common denominator. For example, if you know your specific neighborhood, school system, or zip code there is no need to input Area, City, etc. Proper combinations will return search results but the extra non required parameters will increase search time so use the fewest location parameters that still meet your criteria.

Register and Use Our Advanced Services:

Tip: Registering as a member will greatly enhance your user experience. You will be able to save and recall with a single click; your various searches, favorite properties, and optional setup email notifications for new and modified listings meeting your criteria.

Tip: By registering you will not receive any spam email from our site and none of your information will be shared with anyone. The minimum requirement is only the necessary information; username, password, and a valid email address.

Trick: Don’t trust REALTORS®? Then simply setup a free hotmail or yahoo account and utilize that account for our advanced features. You won’t regret it. We don’t send unsolicited email and respond promptly only to explicit requests.

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