Every now and then you may have a client who is particular about which side of their property gets sun during a certain part of the day. As a buyer’s agent, here are the three ways you can search for sun facing properties in Flexmls.
1. The Property Description Field
In the Add/Modify field of Flexmls, add the Property Description field and select North/South Exposure. This will show properties that receive sun on either the north or south side of the property on any given day.
If your client wants east/west exposure, changing “or” to “not” might yield you some of those properties. Keep in mind though that this field is not required, so agents can choose to use it or not. This means you might miss search results if the listing agent skipped the field. You’ll have to determine what direction the property faces using another method.
2. The Public Remarks Field
By adding the Public Remarks field to your search, you may be able to find listings where the agent specifically states if the property itself is N/S or E/W sun facing.
After you input your keyword or words in the Public Remarks field, you should audit each Public Remarks section in the listing’s Detail tab. The Public Remarks section is located in the center of the detail report.
3. The Map Search and the Satellite View
Going this route may actually be the easiest and fastest route to find out what direction a property faces.
Go to the map on the right side of the Quick Search screen in Flexmls and use the Pushpin tool to input the exact address.
Select the Satellite filter at the top right of your map (located between the Map and Overlays buttons). This will change your screen into what looks like a Google Earth view. Zoom in or out accordingly until you are right over the property.
At this point, you should be able to easily determine which direction the house faces.