The more detailed the criteria I use to find a home, the lower the number of search results. However, I do have to use some criteria when looking like a zip code or MLS area. The Austin MLS system will only allow me to pull 100 properties for any given property search. It is rare though that I do not have enough criteria to narrow the search to less than 100. After all, everyone typically has some criteria whether it’s a neighborhood, school district and of course – price.
For those who really want to narrow the field down further, I can get very specific in terms of how I search for a property. Understand, I may be lucky to find one property if the criteria are too narrow, but the flexibility in how I search for properties is available for those looking for something really specific.
Search for a Home in the Greater Austin area
Here is a list of some unique criteria I can use when searching for a property:
- Elementary School
- Master bedroom located on the first floor
- Number of stairs to enter a house
- Fractional ownership (time share)
- Year built
- Duplex, triplex or fourplex
- Building materials (i.e. all sides masonry)
- Media Room
- Modified for wheel chair
- Area amenities (i.e. club house, jogging path, lake privileges
- Type of utilities
- City view
- No backyard grass
There are too many criteria to list. The intent is give you some idea of how detailed I can get. One thing to note is that not all agents add as much detail as they can to a listing. If an agent does not add that a property has a view of downtown, for example, the system is not going to pull it if your criteria include only city view properties. There are fields that, as Realtors, we have to fill when entering a listing, while others are voluntary.