A guide (and bribe) to using the Open2view search function

Hi guys and girls. If you’re here, it might be because you spotted one of our Facebook posts or ads. You know, the ones offering a chance to win one of these:

As with any competition there is one small catch. To be in to win one of two Panasonic compact stereo systems, or a 47 inch Panasonic television, you must first master the search engine on Open2view.com.

Really it is hardly a catch at all because, thanks to our awesome tech team, it is ridiculously easy to use.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Most house hunters will be interested in the ‘Residential’ category – which is conveniently enough the first place you land on our homepage.

From there you can make your search very exact indeed, using the following fields:

  • Region > District > Suburb
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Price range
  • Price type – i.e. is there a suggested price, is it being auctioned, or are they calling for tenders?
  • Type of property – do you want a house, an apartment, a lifestyle property or something else?
  • And, of course, there’s also the keyword search for any other criteria you can dream up.

By using this array of tools you can narrow your search down to pretty much anything you want.

Let’s say, for example, you want a house in Albany or Browns Bay with 3-4 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage, and all for between $600-900,000. Easy found. Here’s one we prepared earlier:

Once you’ve filled in all the necessary fields (hold down ‘Control’ if selecting more than one suburb), press ‘Search’…

…And presto – you have yourself a nicely narrowed down list of homes to check out.

Oh yes, see that ‘OpenNotice’ link on the right hand side? That’s super useful too: click the ‘Notify Me’ button and any future listings that match your search criteria will be emailed to you.

If you’re searching for a rural, commercial or rental property, we have search engines specially tailored for those too – just click the appropriate tab and you’re away laughing.

Lesson over. Now, for those of you who haven’t already, it’s homework time.

If you live in New Zealand you could win one of those awesome Panasonic prizes just by using Open2view’s search engine. It’s this simple:

  1. Pop over to www.nz.open2view.com
  2. In keyword search, type ‘entertainment’ then click ‘Search’
  3. Go to the first property in the search results and get the six digit property ID number
  4. Head to our Facebook app and enter the draw, using that ID number as the answer!

Remember, although we love you all, this competition is open to those in New Zealand only. Our website, on the other hand, is open to everyone; so jump on, find a house you like, move on over, and you’re definitely welcome to enter our next competition.

A warning of blog posts to come

As part of this promotion we’ll be peppering the blog with a few pieces on home entertainment and related stuff between now and the end of November.

The idea of writing a series of posts on this topic presents, for me, a slight challenge.

Walk into my house and you would see a 32 inch television with no attached speakers or subwoofers to be found. If you wanted to play my (awesome) music collection you would either chuck a CD into my laptop or play one of my seven records on my turntable with 100 percent bass-free internal speaker. Finally, you probably got into my house because I often accidentally leave the keys in the door and why am I telling you this?

Anyway, former Prime Minister Mike Moore once said something like “when I don’t know anything about a topic, I write a book about it.” It’s impossible not to be inspired by a man who was our nation’s leader for over seven weeks.

He is right: the best way to learn about something is to read widely and talk to the experts, and that is what I plan to do.

If anyone in a similar boat learns something over the next few weeks that would be great. Experts: you probably won’t learn a darn thing, but you’re most welcome to share your knowledge in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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