David Barr (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is possible in some communities and states.  There is snob factor in living in certain zip codes like Beverly Hills 90210, as opposed to Beverly Hills Post Office area.  A

Jan 25, 2016 11:51 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

In my market they do. There are specific zips that are very exclusive or waterfront mostly, so yes.

Jan 25, 2016 11:48 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Zip code trends give data this I know...No use for it after that

Jan 25, 2016 11:38 PM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

I find my investors search by zip and then narrow down the search by street.

Jan 25, 2016 11:30 PM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

In some cities buyers search by zip codes.  In Oceanside, CA there are 3 zip codes.  It was easy to define the area with the zip code.

Jan 25, 2016 11:29 PM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Sometimes, yes.  My GA would support this.  It tends to happen more often in cities that have multiple zip codes.

Jan 25, 2016 11:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Some buyers may search by zip code but I think more will search by community names.

Jan 26, 2016 12:34 AM
Jeffrey Jones
AZ Home Seekers - San Tan Valley, AZ
AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com

It probably depends on density. In my market, it's not uncommon to have subdivisions with over 5000 homes. In a situation like this there are lots of areas that are defined within a zip code. I would guess  in more rural areas a zip code provides a more manageable number of homes.

Jan 25, 2016 11:51 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Not on our MLS .

Jan 25, 2016 11:34 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

They search by zip code, the LOOK by community.

Jan 25, 2016 11:27 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

In Miami even GPS is by zip code, but in CT it's by town.

Jan 26, 2016 08:09 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Funny and insightful at he same time 

Jan 26, 2016 07:36 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

In our area it's not zipcodes but municipality or county.

Jan 26, 2016 05:09 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I would guess that in a major city such as Los Angeles or New York it would be the way to go.  Locally people search by area.  The Santa Clarita Valley consists of six areas so it is quite different than the big city.

Jan 26, 2016 03:44 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

In our market zip codes are a good way to search. Our zip codes match certain large parts of the market.

Jan 26, 2016 02:42 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

They do in my market as well as searches for particular schools. 

Jan 26, 2016 02:07 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I don't think buyers search by zip code per say...however, they do search by area, neighborhood. So yes...if you are an agent and no if you are a buyer. I would think map search is a better tool for buyers.

Jan 26, 2016 01:11 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Not that I'm aware of for my market.  My areas have multiple zip codes per city and with the exception of one area, "Westlake Village", none have that "I have to live here" factor.  Westlake gets that because they have the best schools in the area (all the schools are great though) and we have some celebrities living there.  Even there, people search by city and refine by schools.

Jan 26, 2016 01:03 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I don't think so. The problem with that is many areas have several different zip codes. Another problem is that many people don't even know what the zip codes are. Arlington VA has 27 different zip codes. 9 of them are commonly used, the rest are considered general or unique. If you're not familiar with Arlington, how would you know which zip you want?

Jan 26, 2016 12:57 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I think it depends on the market area, the density of the zip code, and whether it is locals or out-of-towners doing the searching.  

Jan 26, 2016 12:30 AM
Marie Haydock
Evergreen Global Homes & Land | RSVP Real Estate - Redmond, WA
Simplifying Real Estate

I don't think many search by zip code.  But yes, it still does happen.  When people know what part of town they want to buy in, it's often easier to use zip code because neighborhood term isn't available in public search engines, and those neighborhood searches may be incorrect.  Some cities can have 3+ zip codes, and buyers know that there are areas they definitely AREN'T intersted in, so zip codes help to weed that stuff out for them.

Jan 26, 2016 12:20 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

David - I am sure in certain areas (like Beverly Hills 90210), living in a popular zip code is essential for some buyers. However, where I live and work, I don't think anyone buying a home would find it beneficial to search by zip code.

Jan 28, 2016 02:35 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Buyers do search by zip code in the Denver metro area, but have never, and will never buy leads. 

Jan 27, 2016 11:37 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Some areas in our market are very popular. Instead of people saying they live in XX community they refer to the zip code.  Other areas are search by schools. 

Jan 26, 2016 12:50 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Many of mine do as we are so rural

Jan 26, 2016 06:29 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

David Barr When I first moved into this area, there were three or four zip codes that defined specific geographic area within the town. I would think not so much now because the area has really been built up.  Z and T would probably sell by City or State, if they could get away with it.

Jan 26, 2016 04:53 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Some search by zip but it really doesn't matter.

The buyer can search by city but once they inquire about information on a specific property, the lead is fed to the person (s) paying for ads in the zip in which the property is located. 

Jan 26, 2016 04:19 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Some buyers do based on the scattering of search terms that show up for our IDX searches, but more critical in my area is school districts.  Some cases, one zip aligns with the school district.  Other zips may have 3-4 different school districts dipping into the same zip.

Jan 26, 2016 01:29 AM