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Exact Search Tips

The best way to find an exact match is to remember: less is more. The less information you enter, the more likely you will find the listing you want. You will get more listings back, and you can select the one you want. You can always narrow down your search, later, if you get too many listings or "too many entries found" message.

Enter the person's last name, first initial in the Quick Search box. Enter the city and state and click "Search."

Our smart databases are flexible! That means you can enter part of a name of a person, business or city and still get results.

If you get "too many entries," you can narrow your search.

Narrowing Your Search
To narrow your search, enter more information in the Quick Search box.

For residential listings, enter the person's last name, first name, city and state. If you know the zip code, you can enter that instead of the city and state.

If you still get "too many entries" after narrowing your search, try adding a space after the last name. Do this by pressing the spacebar after the last letter of the last name.

(Why? This space after the last name will limit your search to just people with that exact last name. Otherwise the search will find everyone whose last name starts with the last name you entered, which may be "too many entries.")

Broadening Your Search
If you can't find what you're looking for, the best thing to do is broaden your search. The person or business you are looking for might not be listed the way you are typing their name.

For example, you may be looking for Quentin Bert but he is listed as Q. Bert. Try entering only the first initial of the first name. Or, he might not be listed in the city you are searching. To get the widest possible range of results, enter only the last name and the state. If you get too many entries, narrow your search.

See also Why can't I find the person I'm looking for?