Searching Tips For Tempo by latenightwaitress


									Searching Tips For Tempo I have found that I can give a group of 20 agents the same search criteria, and come up with at least 3 different sets of listings, depending on how well they know how to use Tempo. Here are a few tips to help you find more of the right properties in the least amount of time! 1. Search Symbols The Wild Card The Wild Card symbol in TEMPO is the % sign and may be used in different ways. 1. It is automatically put after the word the user puts in. For example, if the user enters Champion in the subdivision field, there is automatically a % after the word Champion – so it is really Champion%. The search returns any subdivision starting with the word Champion and would find Champion Forest, Champions, Champion Pines etc. It is important to know how to play the wild card. For example, harbor is entered in as harbor and harbour. We are playing the matching game when we search in Tempo, and our searches are only as good as the way things are entered. So to search South Shore Harbor (or Harbour), the user could put South Shore HARB. By ending the search at HARB, the wildcard would pick up both spellings. 2. Using the % before a word. But in the Champions area there is a subdivision called Wimbledon Champions and another called The Falls at Champion. If the user wanted the search to find any subdivision with word Champion in it, then they would need to enter %champion. Another example would be if the user is not sure if they are looking for Ferry or Perry street, they could type %erry and the system would find any street with erry in it such as Ferry, Berry, Kerry and Jerry streets. Another example of using the % before a search is in subdivisions that have the word THE in them. Sometimes it is effective to leave out the “The” and put the %. An example would be “The Forest of Friendswood”. Some agents enter it is “Forest of Friendswood”. Searching with %Forest of Friendswood would pull up both entries. 3. Using the % in the middle of words. Is it Blue Bonnet or Bluebonnet? Again, it depends on how it was entered. To pick up both spellings in one search, the user can put the % in the middle of the words – blue%bonnet and get both of them. This is particularly effective when searching in the Tax records as well. The Negative Search The Negative Search symbol in TEMPO is the - sign and can be used to exclude certain listings. For example, if a client does not want to look at properties in zip code 77532, then in the Zip Code field the user would enter –77532. Here are suggestions for other combinations using the – sign. You have a client who wants in 77389 but does NOT want in Champion Forest. You would enter 77389 in the Zip Code Field. And in the subdivision you would enter –Champion Forest. The Key Map field is also another place where the – sign can be used effectively. You have a client that wants anywhere on Key Map page 330 EXCEPT for sections Y and Z. So in the Key Map field you would enter the following: 330,-330y,-330z

Learning to master the -sign can save you a lot of time in searches and help narrow your criteria. Here is one final example. In the Memorial area there is a subdivision called Briargrove and another one called Briargrove Park. You have a client who wants Briargrove and NOT Briargrove Park. Here is what the search entry would look like. In the Subdivision field you would enter: Briargrove,-briargrove park

Searching Baths Be careful in searching Full Baths and Half Baths. Let’s say you have a client that wants at least 2 ½ baths. Agents are tempted to do the following: Full Baths: 2 Half Bath: 1 In doing so, you have asked the system to find you a minimum of at least 1 Half Bath. But would the buyer take 3 full baths and no half baths? The answer is usually YES, and your search criteria would not find those because you asked for a minimum of 1 Half Bath. You would be better off only putting the 2 Full Baths and then eliminating those that are 2 bath only, than risking missing a good property for your client. Square Footage Be careful in putting in square footage in your initial criteria because square footage is not a required field and not all listings have square footage entered. Test out your search by not putting it in and making sure all the listings have it filled in before completing your findings. Good properties and comps are sometimes missed by putting in too much information. Commonly Asked Question: How do you search for pre-foreclosures? Remember where something goes in is where it comes out. Pre-foreclosures are mentioned in the Private Agent Remarks. To search by Private Agent Remarks you will need to know how to create a Custom Search and add that field to the search criteria. (Custom Searches are taught in the Advanced Tempo Class). Since many people misspell foreclosure, this is the best way I have found to enter that criteria. The % is needed before starting the word pre-foreclosure or else you would only get the remarks STARTING with the word pre-foreclosure. Private Agent Remarks: %pre-for,%prefor If you wanted to add Short Sale to the list, here is what it would look like: Private Agent Remarks: %pre-for,%prefor,%short sale,%shortsale

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