Thank you for looking into more information about how to use our home search tools at www.BuyAHomeInColumbiaSC.com! This is a great resource for you, as a potential buyer, to look through homes that are currently for sale, save the ones that you like the best, request more accurate information, and even schedule showings with an agent to see these wonderful homes. We wanted to give you a quick tutorial just to make sure that you see all of the great tools (all free!) available at your disposal.
1. Creating Your Account
By now, you’ve likely made it to our home page. It should look just like the picture above. The great thing about the home page is that you can focus on creating a home search from the tool on the top left. You are welcome to do a preliminary search before creating an account. The site will allow you to view a number of homes before asking you to sign up for an account. You are welcome to do this, but please be aware that it benefits you, as the buyer, to be able to save searches and save the homes that you like the best.
Once you are ready to sign up for an account, you will see this page. You can find the sign up button at the top right corner of the screen. This is also where you will see the log in for future reference. Please be aware that when you sign up, your email address and your phone number will become your password. Make sure that they are numbers that you use frequently, so as to not need to reset your account in the future. After you sign up for an account, you have full access and you can begin your home search.
2. Setting Up a Search
This is the shorthand version of the search box that you should see on the home page. This will let you do a quick search based on a rough criteria that you are looking for. If you are looking to nail down specifics, such as garages, pools, school districts, etc., click on the advanced search link at the bottom of the search box. This will take you to the following screen.
From this page, feel free to narrow down your search criteria as much as you like. The more specific you can be, the better the results will be. Once you have set in the requirements, hit the search button at the bottom of the page and you will see the following page.
After your search criteria is in place, you will see a page similar to the one that is pictured above. The homes that you have searched for will be different, but these are just a quick sample of the homes that are available for sale in Shandon. This comprehensive view will give you the quick details that you need, such as the price, the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and the square footage. You can sort the properties based on a number of different criteria, such as newest to oldest on the market, as well as by price – lowest to highest or highest – lowest. To get more information on each of the homes, just click on the street address and it will take you to the full listing.
A full listing will look something like this. You will be able to view large pictures, look at the virtual tour (if one is available), see a description of the property, or any number of other items. If you really like the home, we encourage you to click “ADD TO FAVORITES” on the top bar above the pictures. This will allow you to save the homes that you like the best for later. It will also help our agents get a feel for the types of things that you do and do not want in a home search when it comes time to meet with a live person.
Once you see a home that you really love and are ready to go see, you can click on the Contact Us button below the pictures and virtual tour links. That will cause the box (pictured above) to pop up. Just fill out the short form, and hit send. This is also a great place to ask questions about specific properties. Say you want to know how far the home is from the nearest schools. Just drop that in the comments section, and one of our agents will get back to you as quickly as possible.
3. Other Cool Things
This page works just like the main search. Click on the home to view more, and save the ones that you love to your favorites.
4. Your Favorites
So speaking of these favorites that we’ve been talking about for so long, how do you get to them? If you’ve noticed, there is a toolbar at the top of every page after you have logged in. It will look like this.
Just click on the Favorite Properties tab to view your saved properties. Once you click on that page, it will look something like this.
If the home has been taken off of the market, or goes under contract, it will disappear from your favorites list. You are welcome to contact us if one of your favorites goes away, and we can do some research into what has happened to it. Occasionally, a home is taken off of the market to be re-listed with a new agent, or the seller will take it off of the market based on the time of the year. There have been times where they would still entertain an offer if it really is your dream home. Another great reason to reach out to us.
Please be aware that there may be pieces of the system that we have accidentally left out. If you have questions at all, please reach out to us via phone at 760-9106 or email at email@example.com. We certainly encourage you to contact us when it comes time to your home search. Working with a real estate agent is the best and most accurate way to work through finding a new home.
Finally, there are a few resources that we have on our website for buyers. Please feel free to look these over at your convenience.