As Promised – A New Way to Search For Homes in Charlottesville

Finally. After watching my friends Jay in Phoenix and Kris in San Diego do such wonderful things with their MLS search tools, I’m finally able to announce what I believe to be the single best tool to search for homes in the Charlottesville, Virginia area* –

Since founding RealCentralVA in 2005, I have never put a “Search for Homes” feature on my blog because none of the ones available had what I wanted; the technology is finally here thanks to Diverse Solutions. Also, I haven’t wanted to put “a” search solution here as I want it to add value to readers, rather than detract from the content and goals of the site. This tool, which you can use here, fulfills what I’ve been looking for.

Search The Charlottesville Albemarle Virginia MLS for homes


A few of the features

– Get alerts sent to you via Email or RSS

– Search by multiple School Districts – (eventually you should be able to search by more than one school district – I’m working on this)

– Search by Price Drops – ex: 10% in the past 10 days – and indication an property may finally be priced right

– Search by Foreclosure/Pre-Foreclosure status (still testing this one for its validity)

– Save your searches!

– Add notes to properties you’re watching.

One thing I’m already wanting to have changed (and there are likely more waiting to be found) – increase the number of results that display. I want more.

There are likely a few nuggets here and there that you’ll find useful and interesting.

With this tool, you are able to search almost the entire Charlottesville MLS – and as much as you’ll get anywhere else in the Charlottesville area – there are a few brokerages who choose not to display their listings in what is called an IDX feed – (more on this later)*.

One additional note – for the time being, I am going to keep registration off, meaning that you are free to search as much as you want (although I reserve the right to experiment from time to time). However – in order to save searches, get alerts delivered to you via RSS or email, you do need to give me some information (how else would the email gnome find you?) I’ll never spam you anyway. Promise.

Give it a spin by searching for Charlottesville homes here

Eventually, I’ll have a search widget in the sidebar of RealCentralVA, a search page and widget just for Crozet at RealCrozetVA, and hopefully one day soon at RealWaynesboroVA.

Be nice – I rushed to get it up today because I couldn’t wait any longer.

Please, please, please let me know what you think – I’ll make the changes as quickly as possible. It’s evolving and I’m happy to finally have somewhere to start.

* Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson –

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9 Comments

  1. JamesHuron November 11, 2008 at 19:53

    Like the search tool!

    But…I noticed that quite a few of the “days on market” say “68.” I was searching C’ville City/County and saw a lot of properties that had this particular number, even tho I ran into a couple that have been on for nearly a year….Just a glitch?

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  2. Jim Duncan November 11, 2008 at 21:37

    Thanks JamesHuron – I’ve sent it on to the developers. I spot-checked a few, and you are correct.

    I expect that these will keep coming up – it’s only been a few days since they released this new version.

    In response to the offline comment about some properties being mis-mapped –
    They’re working on that, too.

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  3. Jim Whatley November 11, 2008 at 22:13

    nice search site, It is important to give the customers what the want and need. keep giving great service.

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  4. Jim Duncan November 12, 2008 at 07:40

    Thanks, Jim Whatley. It’ll be interesting to see its adoption rate over the next few weeks and months.

    I believe in giving the consumers – buyers, sellers, voyeurs – what they want and they’ll come to trust me for doing so.

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  5. Andrea November 12, 2008 at 09:47

    Jim – this looks like fun! I just did a quick search (we’re getting ready to buy/build) and I see that homes in Old Trail Village are “unmappable”. I ran into this problem in GOOGLE maps when making a custom map for family members to get to our home for a housewarming party…but there’s a weird glitch –

    Old Trail Village streets USED to be in Google Maps, but then about a month or so ago, they disappeared and everything that I had entered became scrambled.

    Any idea how Google gets their maps and makes changes? How do we get back the streets that were once included?

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  6. Jim Duncan November 12, 2008 at 10:44

    Great question Andrea. I have no idea. I know that they used to be there … hmmm ….. I’ll see what I can find out.

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  7. Frank Borges LL0SA- Broker FranklyRealty.com November 13, 2008 at 22:34

    Very nice. I was told by some a buyer to check out some Cville dude’s new mapping thing. So they loved it. Good job.

    I’m considering adding mapping. Dunno.

    Just added StreetView and MS aerial

    Frank

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