Map Search is an easy way to identify and target properties. Zoom into a target location, define the search area, refine the search criteria, and get a list of properties.
Locate your target location
- Address – Enter in a street address with a city, state, or zip code. Use commas to separate the address and city name to yield the best results. Instead of a specific address, you can also enter in an intersection. Example: 123 Main Street, Anytown USA; Example: Main and 1st
- Owner – Use the first text box to enter an individual’s last name first, followed by the first name. The system will automatically search for all names beginning with the letters already entered in the box. Alternately, enter a corporation or trust name exactly as they appear. Make sure to enter a city and state, zip code, or county name in the second text box. Example: Smith John; Example: Smith Family Trust
- APN – Use the first text box to enter the assessor’s parcel number. Format it to include all dashes and zeroes. RealQuest Pro will automatically search for all parcels beginning with the characters entered. Make sure to enter a city and state, zip code, or county name in the second text box. Example: 0123-45-089
Another way to get to a target location is to use the map controls. Display parcel boundaries, foreclosure flags and property information.
Parcel boundaries – When the map is zoomed in to 600 yards or closer, it will automatically display the parcel boundaries (not available in all counties). Parcel boundaries can be turned off by unchecking the box.
Foreclosure Flags – When the map is zoomed in to 600 yards or closer, the map can display the foreclosure stage flags. Simply check the box. Call your account manager if you do not have access to the foreclosure flags.
- Orange = Pre-Foreclosure
- Yellow = Auction
- Green = REO
- White = Short Sale
Tags – When the map is zoomed in to 80 yards or closer, select a tag from the drop-down box to display property information on each parcel including.
- Values (requires a contract)
- Owner Name
- Street Number
- Building Area
- Lot Area
- Sales – Last 6 Months
- Sales – Last 12 Months
Print the map - Print the map to take with you. It will include the subject property address, parcel boundaries, foreclosure flags, and tag information.
Purchase reports for a single property - In counties that have parcel boundaries, click on the parcel to display the Identify box. View the address and owner name or select reports to view/buy.
(Note: Report options may be limited in counties that do not have parcel boundaries.)
Define the search area
Once you’ve zoomed in to your target location, use a drawing tool to define the search area.
- Radius – To draw a circle, select the circle shape icon in the area on the upper right corner of the map. Click the mouse on the location you want to center the circle. Move the mouse slowly to expand the circle. Click the mouse again to complete the circle. To clear the circle, click on the X next to the shape icons. As the circle is being drawn, the radius measurement will be displayed below the shape icons. Once the circle is complete, the radius, perimeter, and area measurements are displayed.
- Rectangle – To draw a rectangle, select the rectangle shape icon in the area on the upper right corner of the map. Click the mouse on the location you would like to begin drawing. Move the mouse slowly to expand the rectangle. Click the mouse again to complete the rectangle. To clear the rectangle, click on the X next to the shape icons. As the rectangle is being drawn, the perimeter and area measurements will be displayed below the shape icons.
- Polygon – To draw a polygon, select the polygon shape icon in the area on the upper right corner of the map. Click the mouse on the location you would like to begin drawing. Move the mouse and click again to create the corners of the shape. Double click on the last corner to complete the shape. To clear the shape, click on the X next to the shape icons. As the shape is being drawn, the current segment, perimeter, and area measurements are displayed below the shape icons.
Refine the search criteria
Once the shape is drawn you can refine the search criteria or get a list of properties.
A list of search criteria, such as bedrooms, baths, land use, building area, sale price, and recording date, will be displayed below the map. Add as many search criteria as needed. Save the search criteria for future use or select from a list of previously saved searches.
(Note: The Foreclosure search criterion requires access to the Foreclosure Activity Report.)
After the search criteria are selected, find the properties inside the shape area and preview information about them. Properties may be displayed in counties to which you do not have access.
The Preview grid will display property number, address, city, state, county, and, if applicable, foreclosure stage flag. Up to 10,000 records can be returned. The number of properties shown per page is based on the setting on the Preferences page.
Select the checkbox next to one or more properties. Then select the Display Marked Records button to see the properties highlighted on the map. The checkbox is also used to select which records you want to view/buy.
Get a list of properties - To get the reports for the properties in the list, select one of three options.
- All Records – Get all the records returned by the search.
- Range – Get only a range of records returned by the search.
- Selections – Get only the records selected using the checkboxes.
Records will be charged at the Custom search price and the Property Detail report will be available for viewing. If the Foreclosure search criterion is included in the list of search criteria, then the records will be charged at the Foreclosure price and the Foreclosure Activity Report will be available for viewing.
Clear all the search criteria and the subject property by selecting the New Search button.