Nope. I am not selling something. I am asking your opinion for a site I am
Guys and Gals this is an easy one. Everyone's opinion is of equal value.
If you went to a web site where homes were listed for sale or rent and there
were 11 fields you could search with, what would you add or subtract from
the following list? There would be a generous text space for additional
info. So here would be things you would use to include or exclude a property
from consideration as you searched a database.
Some items like residential, condo, town home for rent and for sale would
already be selected BEFORE you were searching.
Please keep in mind you can only have 11 total.
Square footage :
Half Baths :
Offered By: Agent or owner
I really appreciate the comments for this group as I know from experience
there are some sharp people who hang out here.
Just so I stay in character there are also some butts who hang out here. -:)
I don't know which real estate market you are aimed at, so I cannot comment
on your selection. And I know what works in the RE market in Upper Midwest
won't work in desert south west. I don't think most people in Upper Midwest
are all that knowledgeable of subdivision names for most homes, or builder's
name. I have heard talk that in other states, sub-divisions are known by
the home buyers.
However, in Michigan at least, the local school district is important (FYI:
some suburbs here are divided between two or three "consolidated" school
districts with neighboring communities, school district names may not
coincide with political boundaries.)
And while we are on the subject of web information on real estate, the last
Agent I talked to was real keen on distance to local grocery store. For
example: 2 major grocery stores within 2-mile radius. Cannot say I have
seen such info offered on web based home ads. I still thank by last agent
for being so keen on that point.
Your first comment does surprise me but it is in line with comments that
others have made. Around here I think most people know the subdivision
names, at least the better ones. Since I am setting this up for a
multi-county area, I have to keep some things more general than I would if
it were for a specific location.
I also think most people relate school districts to subdivisions in a
general way. I am hesitant to get into the school district issue because if
I provide a field for one, I have to cover them all. There is a limit to
how many mysql queries shared hosting can handle effectively.
Your grocery store comment has been echoed once or twice in other replies,
both as a positive and a negative. When we first moved to our current
location we had to drive 5 miles to buy a gallon of milk. Now we have every
store one could want about a mile away. About a mile away is the perfect
distance for me.
After re-reading my post, I see what I wrote could be taken a couple of
ways, so just to clarify: In my area of the USA, home buyers are very aware
of the 'area' as in the political boundaries of the suburb cities, villages,
and townships. There is also in some of the larger political boundaries
what I call 'communities'. Sub-divisions are a group of homes developed by
a builder of 20 to 200 homes of a similar style and price range. There can
be 5 or even 10 subdivisions (usually all different builders) in a
community, and in some specific cases many communities in a political
I think I remember someone telling me a 'subdivision; was sometimes ( or
someplace) a slang term that equates to suburb city, village or township
(what I call a political boundary.). But I had thought your list the query
for 'area' was meant for suburb city, village, or township. As I am
re-reading , maybe you meant like East or West, a much greater scope of the
area than as I took it to mean.
Just wanted to make sure our comments were using words to describe similar
things. Don't envy you on your ASP web page design. A lot of long nights
ahead of you.
Oh, and yes, keeping up with the floating boundaries of school districts
would almost be a semi-full time job any more.
Your definition of subdivision is correct of course. I'm not sure the
general public is quite that accurate around here. The dominant subdivision
becomes the primary name used for a group of subdivisions.
Since I will be dealing with multiple counties, towns and communities, AREA
will in fact be the 8 major points of the compass with a central added and
will apply to the county in question. It is the best solution I have thought
up to date for defining geo boundaries for so many different and diverse
Are you still active in real estate?
On Wed, 19 Sep 2007 07:22:53 -0400, "Phil-In-Mich."
My mother wanted to live in walking distance of a grocery store. She
expected that some day she would not be able to drive, and she didn't
want to depend on others for her food. She planned to use a 2-wheeled
shopping baskets. Eventually she wasn't able to drive, but by that
time, even the 1/2 or 3/4 mile to the grocery was too much for her.
I live less than a half mile from a street with all kinds of shopping,
including a supermarket. Yet it's quiet where I am.
My girlfriend for a while lived on a quiet street about 8 miles from
the nearest supermarket, most of it on two-laned road overcrowded by
all the new housing built. Eventually they built a Giant only 5 miles
I like my situation a lot better.
On Tue, 18 Sep 2007 20:08:18 -0400, "Colbyt"
Although renting is not the loser some people claim if you're rent is
low enough, I think almost all people have in mind whether they plan
to rent or buy when they start to look.
After my father died, we moved when I was in the 6th grade, and the
school district was the major thing my mother was looking for.
Do what's best for you financially, and I'm probably in the minority
anyhow, but I hate the phrase town home. You can't sell someone a
home, only a house, and town house is a perfectly good phrase. Town
home was invented by advertising types to make their townhouses seem
better than the other guys', but now everyone uses it so it gives no
one any advantage.
For girls. I know the difference between Tudor and Gothic, but I
don't care much.
Someone should make clear somewhere whether this includes the
basement. AFAIKNow, it doesn't, but I still see this as a big source
Not and have it be a numerical field that can be searched with a range __
to __ .
And that has been a complaint of more than one respondent in other forums.
Theu want want to search for bedrooms and bathrooms using a number, not a
text field. Also consider that many homes now have 2 or more half baths,
with a single field two halves make a whole.
There has been much confusion over basements and even the proper way to
measure square footage for as long as I can remember. That isn't likely to
change anytime soon. Anyone shopping for a home should carry a tape and do
their own measuring to get the answer they want.
That's an outrage. What if everyone goes out for the day and you
leave them alone. Will they mate and have quarter baths?
That's an outrage.
First I measured my apartment to figure out how much space I was
moving out of. 1400 square feet. Turned out to be the same as my
first and second floor of the new townhouse.
(I guess you coudl sell a home if you sold it with the people who
lived there still in it.)
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