The Columbus Flood of 2010 - Columbus home buyers beware of floods...
Not the kind that there is flood insurance for ... although flood insurance has been in the news recently.
This is a flood of new listings that could occur in your mailbox or Client Gateway... (your agent can set you up a Client Gateway on the Columbus Board of REALTORS multiple listing service, known as the MLS.) The Columbus Board of REALTORS has been warning that our MLS areas will go away this year... actually I believe MLS areas were supposed to go away last year or maybe even the year before but that has been delayed.
I just finished putting in a prospect where I resorted to using MLS areas because of the ittty bitty areas of Columbus schools mixed in around the Worthington area for a buyer. It is a very specific geographic area, I would not flood her with listings from all over the Columbus City School District...
I need to go in and draw a polygon or her Client Gateway will be flooded. I probably need to look at all of my prospect searches to make sure I am not going to flood anyone.
Or perhaps I can use ZIP codes... I have a great grasp of ZIP codes on the northside of Columbus. I do search by school districts when approprate. Many of my searches are set up by school district. School districts are our friends... unless they are huge school districts... We have more than one HUGE school district in Central Ohio. Within those school districts ZIP codes, municipalities, subdivisions, tax districts all help... break it down to bite size pieces.
I will admit although I know how to use it I do not like the polygon mapping tool. There I said it.
Columbus Ohio flood of 2010... the flood is scheduled for April 20.
The floold of listings could happen on April 20, 2010 if searches used MLS areas. Columbus home buyers beware of floods of listings in areas you are not interested in.
MLS areas are dumb. They are arbitrary... they always were arbitrary. The probem with MLS areas NOW is there are not new maps that show the areas anymore. The cost to publish mapbooks is prohibitive...
ZIP codes are mail routes... that's pretty darn arbitrary too.
I was using those old arbitrary MLS areas to find homes in the Columbus City School District in the north part of Franklin County for a buyer Today.
The recent story on home values on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch said it used "MLS Districts." How much is your Central Ohio home worth? I wondered if an "MLS District" was MLS areas combined. Did the Columbus Board of REALTORS provide the information to the Columbus Dispatch using the "Polygon Tool" to map "MLS Districts."
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