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San Carlos Real Estate November 6, 2008

White Oaks Blog Update: Improved MLS Home Search

by Chuck Gillooley

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For those of you who have used the MLS Search Engine on the White Oaks Blog, hopefully you have found that it’s pretty advanced and quite a bit different from many home search engines that are out there.  It has a great neighborhood view, which allows you to see all the homes that are for sale in White Oaks or Howard Park, for example, in a single window.   I also like the fact that once you create and save your own custom search you can sign up for the standard email alerts, or for you RSS junkies (like me) you can create your own RSS Feed.  This is a feature that I believe is unique to this search engine.

But not willing to rest on its laurels, this search engine just got a whole lot more horsepower.  Here are some of the new features that were just added in the latest release today:

  • Re-engineered the search panel. The new search panel was designed to incorporate the vast amount of feedback we’ve received from our customers over the past few years, and we’re very pleased with the result.
  • Pre-foreclosures (short sales, notice of default, etc) and foreclosed (bank owned) properties.   We’ve also developed a proprietary algorithm that analyzes each property’s description to determine whether or not a property is a pre-foreclosure or has been foreclosed upon. If you view the details of a property that our system has determined to be a foreclosure or pre-foreclosure, we will highlight the words in the description that lead our system to believe the property is in distress. If you view the details of a property that the MLS specifically marked as a pre-foreclosure or bank owned, dsSearchAgent will also display an appropriate notice.
  • Search for properties within certain school and school district boundaries. The school search box is an auto-complete box and will start showing the names of the schools / districts as soon as the user types the first two letters.
  • And, coming soonsearch for FSBO and Make Me Move™ properties that are listed on You will be able to look at properties that they might not otherwise be able to find in the MLS.

These are just a few of the new features that you’ll find on this greatly enhanced search engine…so if you have a few minutes, give it a test drive and let me know what you think.   Simply move your cursor onto the  “What’s for Sale in San Carlos?” button at the top of the page and you’ll see all the different options for searching within San Carlos.

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