The more criteria I use to find a home, the lower the number of search results. However, I do have to use some data when searching like a zip code or MLS area. The Austin MLS system will only allow 100 results for any given property search. It is rare 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 point.
Currently with the inventory so low, I’m lucky to come up with 40 properties to start at best.
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 with too many search criteria, but the flexibility in how I search is available for those looking for something very specific.
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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 ♣Fireplace ♣No HOA ♣Year built ♣Garage Space ♣Pool ♣Duplex, triplex or fourplex ♣Building materials (i.e. all sides masonry) ♣Media Room ♣Modified for wheel chair ♣Single Family Home in Condominium Regime (i.e. garden home) ♣Area amenities (i.e. club house, jogging path, lake privileges ♣Flooring ♣Type of utilities ♣City view ♣No backyard grass
There are too many criteria to list. The intent is to offer some idea of how detailed a search can be. 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 to the view field that a property has a view of downtown Austin, for example, the system is not going to pull a home if the criteria include only city view properties. There are fields that, as Realtors, we have to fill when entering a listing, while others are voluntary.