Today we want to let you know about a Matrix “hidden gem” that some of you might be interested in, especially now that school’s back in session: Using School Boundaries in Matrix.
There are two ways to find listings that are located in your client’s preferred school district.
One way is to run a Matrix search and select a listing. In Map View, choose the “Layers” option and select a school layer. Interchangeable map layers make it easy to view High School, Middle School and Elementary School boundaries. You will then be able to determine what school district is reported for that listing.
The second way is to enter your client’s preferred location and additional listing criteria (price, square footage, etc) into a Matrix search. Instead of running the search for all listings in the county (or counties) selected, click the “Map Search” button at the bottom left of the Matrix search section (above the “Additional Fields” section).
Once the map has loaded, click “Layers” in the upper right corner of the map. Select the school boundaries layer of interest to your client (Elementary, Middle or High School). Note: You may need to zoom in or out to view the boundaries layer. Click on an area to display its school district information.
Search for listings within a specific school district by using the shape drawing tool, known as the “Polygon” tool. Trace the shape of the school district completely, and then click “OK”. Matrix will then display all available listings within that search area.
Remember, the only way to ensure data accuracy is by contacting the School Board directly.
Are you a more visual learner? You can learn how to search school boundaries in less than 3 minutes. This short video tutorial on mrisTV.com provides step-by-step instructions and screenshots for searching within school boundaries. Click here to watch!
Come back tomorrow for another MRIS Core-focused post!