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Phoenix MLS SEARCH FAQ


 

There are 1+ million homes in the Metro Phoenix Arizona spread over several thousand square miles. Finding your perfect home is challenging... but doable.

My "About Area" tab introduces you to the different areas I specialize that include Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix (including Ahwatukee), Tempe and Scottsdale. Feel free to contact me to discuss your wants, needs, preferences for your new home and any concerns you have. I can suggest cities, areas and neighborhoods that are a good match for your criteria.

HOW TO USE MLS SEARCH OPTIONS

You have a wide range of search options on this site for all Arizona MLS property listings that are continuously being updated. Adding to the convenience of building your search, all searches can be saved and labeled so you can come back and access them when you return! For more on how to save your custom search and retrieve it later, go to Save Time and Save Your Search below.

 

Take the time to learn the capability of: Quick, Advanced, Map and Foreclosure MLS searches so you can select the one that is easy to use and returns the most relevant listings. Use Advanced search to narrow your search to properties with all the features you want.

Auto-notification of new matching listings is automatically selected when you Save Your Search. You are automatically emailed whenever new and updated matching listings are found! It is that easy! If you don't want auto-notification email when new or revised listings pop up, just uncheck the checked auto notify box when you save your search. When you login back into my website, the new listing(s) will be there for you to view.

When your ideal home becomes available, contact me immediately to schedule an appointment to see the home before someone else beats you to it! Good homes don't last long!

HOW TO SEARCH PROPERTIES:

QUICK Search - This is the easiest way to search by City, Address, Zip Code or MLS Number, # of Bedrooms, # of Bathrooms within your Price Range to see what is on the market.

This search displays listing statuses: "ACTIVE", "CCBS (Contract Contingent on Buyer Sale)" of buyer's property and "UCB (Under Contract-Backups)" meaning Seller has accepted an offer and the property is under contract with contingencies, accepting backup offers only). If the contingencies cannot be resolved, the listing status will change back to ACTIVE and you will be automatically notified as long as you Saved Your Search.

ADVANCED Search - This feature gives you far more control and the best way to find exactly what you are looking for. And... you are given the option to exclude homes that are already under contract - "CCBS (Contract Contingent on Buyer Sale)" and "UCB (Under Contract-Backups)".

In Advanced Search you can select everything you could in the QUICK search by City, Property Type, Bedrooms, Bathrooms and Price range PLUS you can search by Area, Zip Code, County, School District, Specific Schools, Subdivision, Property Address, MLS Number and specify Home features such as Size, Age, Lot Size, Pool, Golf Course, Gated, Horse Property, Waterfront and more.

SEARCH BY SCHOOL(S) - Advanced Search allows you to search for homes by specific School District and/or individual school(s). Each local City page has a link to the schools in the school districts located within the local City Limits. There you will find the most recent Letter Grade (A - F) for every school assigned by the Arizona Department of Education. Enter your favorite schools in your custom search along with your home search criteria. Remember city boundaries and school district boundaries DO NOT align. The listing agent specifies (correctly we hope) the schools serving the home for sale. My MLS Search system searches every listing to find matching listings served by your favorite schools in the city (cities) you want.

MAP Search - This is the best way for buyers who know the area they want to live in to see all the "ACTIVE", "CCBS (Contract Contingent on Buyer Sale)"and "UCB (Under Contract-Backups)" listings in their favorite neighborhoods.

MAP TIPS

To see Homes for Sale Nearby on your mobile device, click the "Bulls Eye" symbol in the upper left corner of the map to enable GPS tracking. Your location will appear on the map and you can look at listings nearby.

Map Display defaults to "Roadmap", click the multiple layer stack in the upper right corner of the map to select a different map layer to see "Terrain" or "Satellite" image.

FORECLOSURE - This search will only display Distressed Property listings and gives you the ability to specify: "Bank Owned", "Short Sale", "Auction", "HUD" and "Pre-Foreclosure" and "Foreclosure" (notice of default recorded by trustee). You have to check listing status to determine if the listing status is "ACTIVE", "CCBS (Contract Contingent on Buyer Sale)" or "UCB (Under Contract-Backups)".

 

POPULAR SEARCHES of ACTIVE Only listings by your favorite City by price ranges appear in the Right Sidebar of every interior page of this website for your convenience.

 

PRE-SELECTED SEARCHES of ACTIVE Only listings by your favorite City, Zip Code, Foreclosures, Active Adult, Condos, etc:

 

Save time and save your search

Saving your search makes it possible to pull up new listings with your specifications every time you visit the site. You can also have emails sent to you when qualifying listings become available.

In order to save your search, you need to be registered with our website. You can Register Here. Registering is simple and easy and only requires your first and last name and an email address.

To save ANY search:

  • Complete your search criteria

  • Press the “Search” button, and then press “Save Search”.

  • This will prompt you to title your saved search for ease of identification and give you the option of being notified by email (by clicking the box to uncheck or check) 

To look at or edit your saved searches:

  • First, confirm that you are logged in. If you aren’t, log in now.
  • In the top right hand corner of the home page, you’ll see a link to view your saved searches. Click this link and you will then see all the searches you saved.

From here, you can amend or delete your Saved Searches, edit email notifications, and more. 

If this sounds troublesome, I will create a custom search for you to help you evaluate homes that are closest to your ideal home. Contact Sam or call/text 480-213-1799 for assistance.

Remember, you don't have to do this alone! Every seller who has listed their home for sale in the MLS has already agreed to pay my commission as your buyer's agent to represent you in the purchase of their home. You have access to my experience, negotiating skills and market knowledge to ensure your successful home purchase - at no additional cost to you.

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