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  • Ideas needed !

    I am creating a database to manage potential purchasers for a real estate agent. Each record needs to show which area the person is intereseted in. These areas need to be in a lookup to avoid typing errors. When a new property is listed the agent needs to bea able to filter the database to people interested in the area. My problem is, a potential purchaser may be interested in several areas. If anyone has any ideas on the best way to record the information and apply an appropriate search filter it would be most helpful as I have run out of ideas!

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    RE: Ideas needed !

    Check boxes and variables for each criteria on the form might suffice, with a search button to select the query/sort/range/index based on the variables. From what I have seen, most MLS-type search pages have very extensive filtering capability and thus very extensive forms for lookups. I can think of many ways to accomplish this, however.

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    • #3
      RE: Ideas needed !

      Gren:

      As a first stab consider three tables:

      -Clients (all manner of client data)
      -Areas (to serve as a lookup source)
      -Client_area (a small table with client_id and area_id fields)

      Create a set with Clients as parent linked one_to_many to Client_area. This will allow you to link a client to as many areas as necessary.

      Create a second set with Areas as parent linked one_to_many to client_area which is in turn linked one_to_one to Clients. This will allow you to look up an area and see which clients who have expressed interest in it.

      The above is very schematic but should provide a bit of food for thought.

      Bill
      Bill Hanigsberg

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      • #4
        RE: Ideas needed !

        Thanks Bill, thats just what I needed !

        Why didnt I think of that ?

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