For More Efficient Home Search Results – Search by Local School

Collier Swecker video blogs about how homebuyers can really narrow their home search by search for homes that are zoned for a particular school, whether it be a high school for a broader search or by an elementary school for a more narrow search. Often times searching by “City” or “Area” is going to produce results that you will have to wade through to get to homes that are in a narrow part of town that you are looking because the “City” or “Area” is fairly large. For instance, I find that a good number of our clients want to live in the North Shelby County area of Birmingham. If they search for all homes that meet their criteria (i.e. price, bedrooms etc.) in North Shelby County, it will produce results for homes that are zoned for 3 different high schools, Chelsea, Oak Mountain and Spain Park. Most home buyers have a preference and their home search is much more effective by search with their basic criteria, not putting a city or area, and just marking the high school or elementary school for the area that you are looking. Even if you could care less about the local schools, use this search method to merely narrow your search results. If you have any comments or questions, email Collier at or visit my website at

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About Collier Swecker

Collier Swecker is a licensed real estate broker, attorney, blogger, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the founding partner of the Mega Agent Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Advantage which ranks as one of the top selling real estate teams in Alabama. Collier also acts as a business and marketing consultant for small business start-ups.

Collier graduated from Auburn University (B.A., 1998), Cumberland School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2002) and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (Masters of Law in Taxation, 2003). Collier was the principal partner of the law firm Swecker and Sparks LLC for 3 years before leaving the law practice for real estate development and sales.

Collier is a native of Yorktown, Virginia and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Amanda Capps Swecker. Collier & Amanda are the proud parents to a beautiful daughter, Julia Abigayle. They have one dog named Kramer.

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