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Old 02-09-2008, 02:56 PM
 
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Hi all,

I have identified a couple of areas in Huntsville that I like. Now I want to see what kind of houses are for sale in these areas. But most of the MLS tools seem to be very general and at best I can search by subdivision, arg. So I have a few questions:

1.) Is there a site that will allow me to search a mapped area for homes for sale. Zillow works like this but does not have all the MLS listings on it.

2.) If not a map search, how about a radius search where I can list and address and ask for houses within a mile radius of that address.

3.) Ok, if I can't have 1 or 2, how about a map that lists where the darn subdivisions are located!

Anyway, thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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Sorry, the answers are no, no and no. But there is SOME help. valleymls.com (Huntsville's MS service) is very user unfriendly. Realtor.com is usually quite a bit out of date, but it does allow searching by multiple zip codes. You can also use Trulia.com, which is not totally comprehensive but does have a mapping service; I found it useful to cross-reference with valleymls.com

For new subdivisions, you can use:
Official Subdivision Guide - Huntsville / Madison County Builders Association
(It is not comprehensive, even for the new ones.)

For old subdivisions, you are out of luck. Sometimes Google maps has them as a place name, but usually not. I found general location information by search on Google.
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:17 PM
 
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Default Bummer

Thanks for the information.

With the internet it is nice to window shop for houses. Waiting for a Realtor to send me listings and hoping that they understand what I want is a time consuming and frustrating process.

I want to be able to help guide the search by identifying houses I want to walk through. ValleyMLS is OK but without addresses I waste time with houses in areas I am not interested in.

Trulia.com seems pretty useful!

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Old 02-09-2008, 04:35 PM
 
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Check out real estate on yahoo. They have a map with the houses listed by number. Not sure if that is what you are looking for though.
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Old 02-09-2008, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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If you set yourself up to be automatically emailed with new listings which meet your search criteria from valleymls.com, the emails you get will have the addresses on them.
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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1.) Is there a site that will allow me to search a mapped area for homes for sale. Zillow works like this but does not have all the MLS listings on it.
Go to maps.google.com and center it somewhere in Huntsville

On the left side, click on My Maps

Use the Google Real Estate Search
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Old 04-08-2008, 10:18 PM
 
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You can pinpoint areas somewhat by using the advanced search option on valleymls.com and choosing the schools. Not perfect, but it does help narrow things down, as long as you know at least the elementary school for your area of choice.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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You can pinpoint areas somewhat by using the advanced search option on valleymls.com and choosing the schools. Not perfect, but it does help narrow things down, as long as you know at least the elementary school for your area of choice.

ValleyMLS.com is great in that you can identify homes zoned to individual schools. Very few tools do that. Probably because valleymls is serving a particular narrow market (northern Alabama). They integrated school zone data into the database. Very useful.

A lot of times a person need to use two or more tools and merge the data together (spatially) to get a overall picture. For example, I use Google Earth and created placemarks for all the schools, shopping centers, medical facilties, YMCA, sports, pools type things, etc. When I find a home I map it on GE to see where it is related to everything else. I can pretty easily tell how drives might be or places I might be able to stop after work.

Another tool I use is the US Census Tiger Map browser. I can map all sorts of demographic data (%renters, median income, %over65 years old, etc...). Unfortunately the data are old, I think from the 2000 census.

Tiger Map Server Browser
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:24 AM
 
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One of the realtors in the area has listings sorted by subdivision, which I found very helpful. I do not think I can post the URL on here, but if you would like to see it I can send it to you in a message.
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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One of the realtors in the area has listings sorted by subdivision, which I found very helpful. I do not think I can post the URL on here, but if you would like to see it I can send it to you in a message.
This might be it. It doesn't seem complete but it's better than nothing.

Huntsville Area Subdivision Google Map with listings
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