Home Search Tutorial



Welcome to the MilitaryByOwner Home Search screencast.
 
Are you looking for a home to buy or rent at your next duty station? Then you have come to the right place. In this tutorial we will guide you through the process of searching for homes using MilitaryByOwner.com
 
Because the intent of our site is to connect military families who are in the process of relocating, our site is organized entirely around the various military installations throughout the United States.
 
For the sake of this tutorial, we will use the example of a military family that will be relocating to MCAS Yuma Arizona.
 
From the search window on our site, you can choose to select the state you are moving to by using either the state drop down menu, clicking the state on the US map, or by utilizing the individual state links.
 
In this case, we will select AZ from the state drop down menu and then we’ll choose MCAS Yuma from the military installation drop down. If you would like to see all of the homes available both for sale and for rent, at this point you would simply click on the search button. This will bring up all active ads that we have on our site near MCAS Yuma.
 
However, it is likely that you have already determined whether you intend on renting or purchasing a home and you probably even have a price or rental range in mind.
 
To view the homes that fit the criteria you are looking for, you are going to want to populate the various fields available to you. From this primary search window, you have options such as a sales price range, rental range, number of bedrooms or bathrooms. Once you have filled in those fields, you can click on the search button and it will display all of the active ads that fit your criteria.
 
If you are interested in narrowing your search further, or you have specific features you are looking for, you may click on the "advanced search" button, which will open a more extensive search window. Again, you will want to select your options and then click on the "search" button above to see if there are any homes that fit your needs.
 
Please keep in mind that if you select any of the advanced search features and then start a new search, you will want to go back and clear out any advanced features you selected, as this my alter the results you receive from a new search.
 
If you have found multiple homes that may interest you through your search, you may find that our "compare listings" feature will help you to get an idea of what each home has to offer.
 
In order to do this, you will click on the "compare this listing" option next to each ad you wish to compare. Once you have selected all of the homes, scroll to the top of the page and click on the link to "Compare listings". This will display a new window with a side by side comparison of the different features of each home.
 
If you will be performing searches that you would like to save for future reference, we recommend that you create a MilitaryByOwner account or login to your existing account prior to performing any search, so that you will have the option to save it into your account. If you have not created a MilitaryByOwner account, please view the "Ad Submission" screencast on our Resources page for easy instructions on how to set one up.
 
Once you have found a home that you are interested in, you may contact the advertising party directly either by using the "email me" link within their ad, or by telephone if the advertiser included a number with their ad.
 
If you have any questions on this tutorial or any of the other services we offer, please feel free to contact us from our home page or talk with a customer service representative through our live chat.
 
We certainly hope that you are able to find a home that is a perfect fit for you and we thank you for using MilitaryByOwner.com for your military housing needs.

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