Thursday, July 30, 2009

Features For Consumers

For some time now we have had a Features List for agents and agencies. We thought it was about time to add a list of Features For Consumers. Below is a list of features intended specifically for consumers and to assist them with their hunt for open houses. Links in the list refer to blog entries describing the feature in detail. First, the basic search:

From the home page click the Search link on the left. No need to sign in. From the OpenHomez Search Page you can search by Zip code or city name or you can simply select from the list of Zip codes below the search box. The numbers in parenthesis next to the Zip codes are the number of active open houses in that Zip code.

Search Results Page
Your search will likely take you to a search results page where a list of properties matching your search are displayed. You can view the detailed listing by clicking on the thumbnail picture of the property or on the address. But wait, there's more!

  • Hovering - Hover over the thumbnail picture or the icon following the address and you will see a preview of property listing.

  • RSS Feeds of Search - Near the top of the page you will see the familiar RSS feed icon (). Clicking on this link will provide you the results of your search in RSS format. You can use this link in any RSS reader to view your search results.

  • Download Map/GPS Data - By clicking on the Download link on the Search Page (in the text near the top of the page) you can download a file suitable for uploading into your favorite mapping program or your GPS.

  • Map Your Search - By clicking on the map link on the Search Page (in the text near the top of the page) you can create a Google Map of your search results.

  • Share Your Search - By clicking on the button on the left under the menu you can share the results of this search on over 50 social networks. You can also print or email the results of the search.

  • Get Notified - At the bottom of the Search Results page you will see a chicklet. If you click on this icon you will automatically be notified of changes in this search.

  • Options - are presented in the form of icons at the end of individual listing in your search results. Click on the icon to view the listing, click on the icon to download map/gps data for this listing, or click on the icon to download this listing to your calendar.

Options When Viewing A Listing
When you are viewing an individual listing you have several other options. Here are a few.

  • Map & Driving Directions - Click on this link to map and acquire directions to the property.

  • Download to GPS - Download the listing to your GPS.

  • Download to Calendar - Download this open house information to your calendar.

  • Tweet/ReTweet - Use the Tweet/Retweet chicklet to send this listing to your Twitter account using TweetMeMe.

  • Dwellicious - Use the Dwellicious chicklet to add this listing to the Dwellicious Real Estate social bookmarking site.

  • Share The Listing - Use the Share chicklet to email, print, or share this listing to multiple social sites.

There are more features coming. Come back to this list often or just browse the and experiment with each of the features.

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