A few of these criteria could use a little more explanation, so let me describe a few a bit more:
Waterfront: because many of the visitors to this site are seeking waterfront property be sure to checkmark this! Note that this alone doesn’t ensure boating access though. Only that the property is indeed waterfront.
Gulf access: if looking for boating access to the Gulf of Mexico and open waters, be sure to select yes to this field. Note that in certain marina style communities (ex: The Landings in South Ft Myers), Gulf Access might actually be, say, at the end of the block down at the marina instead of directly behind the property. If you are ONLY interested in having the boat right in the backyard (as is very typical in Cape Coral), it would be recommended to check yes to BOTH waterfront and Gulf access. If you are more flexible, checkmark yes to requiring Gulf Access, but leave the waterfront field alone.
Foreclosure: you can choose to view ONLY foreclosures by selecting YES, you can exclude them by choosing NO, or you can allow them in the results, but not exclusively restrict yourself just to foreclosures by leaving the field alone.
Short sales: same thoughts as above. Given the long time frames needed to close some short sales, buyers who are in a hurry, with specific move-in deadlines or who don’t have the patience to deal with a short sale may wish to omit them!
Community type: If you require a gated community, highlight gated here. Golf course communities can be selected here as well.
Waterfront description: this is an important one! Again, because a lot of buyers here are searching for waterfront note that it’s this field where you can specify what kind of waterfront you are after. If you absolutely require sailboat access or are trying to accommodate a large vessel, say one that in the water is taller than most of the area’s 9-11.25’ tall bridges, select G/A via no bridge. If you are after beachfront, select Gulf Frontage. Riverfront seekers, choose River Frontage. Those who are looking to have Gulf access, but are just looking to accommodate a more typical 20-26’ vessel or so: you likely don’t need to really specify anything in this field. Just be sure you checkmarked YES to Gulf Access higher above.
Boat/Water Access: be a bit careful with this field. While it’s a good addition, the implementation isn’t great, as not all agents really select all the corresponding options. Ex: on a home with a concrete dock, a wooden dock and a boat lift, many of the fields technically should have been selected, but the agent inputting the listing may only have selected “Dock Included” and “Boat lift private.” If you searched only for “wooden dock”, you’d miss it. Therefore, use this field as necessary, but I recommend being fairly liberal in this case and check marking a lot of the options. That way properties with any of the checked characteristics will display.
Restrictions: For those who happen to be looking for 55+ age restricted communities, you can select that here.
Canal Width: you can specifically limit results here to only the real wide canals (151’+), if desired. They will of course be priced higher, accordingly.
Construction: Many homes are the area are made of Concrete block construction, but not all. You can specify your requirements here, as desired.
Pet Restrictions: Want to ensure your pet is allowed? Be sure to highlight a few fields here. I’d suggest check marking all options except “Not Allowed” to obtain the best results.
Rear Exposure: Have a strong preference for which way the back of the home should face? Select here. Hold down the Control (CTRL) button to select multiple options.
Furnished: A percentage of area homes are sold furnished or “Turnkey” furnished, meaning everything from the forks and knives to the sheets on the bed. If you require a furnished sale, select from the choices here. HINT: As some will be listed as Partially Furnished, others as Negotiable and yet other simply checkmarked “Furnished” I’d recommend highlighting all those choices. Otherwise you may inadvertently omit some properties from your results.
Remarks: This is a versatile field that allows you to keyword search. Say you were seeking only deep water depth properties. A keyword search for “Deep Water” here could be useful.
Unit Floor: perhaps you are only after a first floor unit? Select it here.