In this article I wanted to dive into the question of how to establish a search on Zillow. Whether used as a supplement to an Multiple Listing Service (MLS) search for a targeted group of properties not on MLS (i.e. FSBOs) or in the rare cases where I suggest a buyer use Zillow instead of MLS, it's good to know how to set things up on Zillow.
Why a Saved Search with Automatic Updates as Properties Hit the Market is Important
Buyer Beware: MLS Searches Are Typically Best Set Up Before Zillow Searches, Especially in Hampton Roads & in Other Regions Where "Active Contingent" Properties are Common Due to Differing MLS Policy.
When to Use Public Websites
Image here & many others courtesy Zillow
Search Tips Across MLS & Public Searches: Don't Use a Phone; 20-50 Properties
Determine What Kind of Search You’d Like to Make Including Cities/Counties & Sale/Rent/Sold type.
For Sale by Owner Search (I Highly Recommend This Search As a Supplement to an MLS Search)
Narrow by School District Rating
Narrow by Price
Narrow by Beds & Baths
Home Type (or Land)
Save Your Search & Setup Instant Emails/Texts (Very Important)
Getting Assistance on Your Zillow Search