Check out Customizing the Front Page of Your TRIBUS Ashland Theme Site For an introduction to Front Page widgets. Widgets are found in the Dashboard at Appearance->Widgets.
The TRIBUS Theme: Featured Area Listings Widget lets you set specific search parameters to display a sample of properties on your Front Page.
From the widget, you can specify the Title of this section as it appears on the Front Page, as well as the text for the link to view all properties. The search parameters are all optional, but will allow you to finely tune the types of properties featured on your Front Page.