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Jim Slager, Home Buyer in Los Gatos, CA

What are the new Maps features?

Asked by Jim Slager, Los Gatos, CA Mon Dec 5, 2011

When I open Trulia recently I get a pop up about new maps features but when I click on it it just opens a bigger map. What I'd like is the ability to search within an area that I define by streets. The pop up hints that this is a new feature but I can't find any way to do it.

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Jim Slager:
If you want to contact a person in a trulia post in response to his post. Go to the write top of his post (answer) and click on his name. If he set up his profile to receive contacts, when the box for his profile opens up, there will be a "Contact Me" in the lower right of it. Click on that and an email form will open up for you.

Cheers,

Mitchell Pearce
mitchell@handsonrealtor.com
408-639-0211
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Jim: simply click on the name of the person you want to send a message to. There will be a "Contact [person's name] to the right of their profile. You can delete the boilerplate text and write what you like.
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This site is really confusing me. I'm trying to reply to posts that helpful people have made but I can't find any Reply button. Can someone tell me how to reply to someone's post?
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Jim Slager:

You can go to the more options tab under the search button. There, you can search by areas within a zip code, county, city or within a radius of a particular address. For example, if you want to search within a radius of a particular school, type in the name of the school. A drop down list of schools containing that name will appear. Choose the one you want. Then press search. A map will open up. Choose the bigger map option you see. Now, once on the bigger map, look at the top right corner and there is green outlined polygon. (It is easy to miss since it kind of blends in.) Click on that. The option to draw a polygon will open up. As your cursor travels across the screen, it will have turned into a + sign. Click on any spot and you anchor your first point of the polygon. Then drag to the next point, click again, and so on. To close the polygon and stop dragging lines around, double click. Then the homes for sale within the polygon will appear.

While you are at it, click on the little i in the blue circle you can see in these various steps. One reminds you that being near a school does not necessarily mean you will go to that school or even within the district that school serves. To know which school district a home is served by, go to http://www.USgeocoder.com type in the street address and zip code. Then when the map comes up, open the + signs on the left and read down the opened columns till you get to the school district information for that address. To see the district outline, click the the drop down above the map. Choose to label school districts. Then refresh.

I am the designer of http://www.USgeocoder.com. Please let me know what you think of it. I used my realtor experience to inform the design. It is the core technology of several products and services of http://www.OnlineImage.biz, which is my wife's company. I spend most of my time as a realtor. Please let me know if you have any other questions or would like realtor assistance in your search for a new home.

Mitchell Pearce
mitchell@handsonrealtor.com
408-639-0211
Web Reference: http://handsonrealtor.com
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Jim,
I would check with the staff on trulia to see if that option is now available and if so how does it work.
As Terri has pointed out that is a feature on MLS, I also have that feature on my web site so if you need a specific search go to my site or email me and I will set it up for you.
At your service,
Allyson
408-705-6578
allyson@homesbyallyson.com
CDPE-certified distressed property expert
DRE# 01397256
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Jim,

That feature is being offered to real estate agents and professionals and requires some customizing. If you're looking for a way to narrow down your search, the redfin.com search tool is pretty useful. It doesn't allow you to define by streets, but it does let you narrow it down to zip codes. Hope that helps.
Web Reference: http://www.archershomes.com
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Jim:

Realtor.com has a mobile application that allows you to search within an area designated on your smart phone or ipad (unfortunately the actual website does not).

Here's why you want to be using http://www.Realtor.com
MLS Data Accuracy – Where to search if you’re “without Realtor®”
http://www.trulia.com/blog/steve_ornellas_mba_re_mastersgri/…

Aside from this you could have your Agent construct an automated geo-bounded search that emails you properties. If you take this route make sure to work with an Agent that has access to the primary MLS where you are search and boundary MLS systems in order to catch out-of-area agent listings that are in your search area (this is why Realtor.com is so useful).

-Steve
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I can't help you on Trulia side, however, our local MLS will allow me to set you up with a search by streets. Perhaps they are integrating that features and it's not fully functional yet.

In the meantime if you would like me to help you, let me know.

All the best.
Web Reference: http://www.terrivellios.com
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