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Don’t Let Your Home Search Leave You Lost in the Forest
Buying a home in the internet “Should” be easier than ever. Instead of driving from one open house to the next, you can leisurely look at homes while having your morning coffee.
With so many websites offering access to listings, it’s easy to get confused. You find a home that looks perfect while standing in line at the Post Office. You get back home and can’t remember which website it was on. You don’t see the same house anywhere.
A few days later you find one that looks perfect at an incredible price. You call the “featured” agent next to the listing. That agent has never heard of the house. They’re nice enough to look the address up in the MLS. It isn’t currently listed for sale. The agent checks the history and learns it sold as a short sale three years ago.
Establish Your Budget
One of the biggest time drains is looking for a home if you can’t get a mortgage. Today’s lending rules are tighter. Lenders need more documentation than they did a few years ago. Trying to buy a home only to find out that you can’t get a mortgage can be frustrating and embarrassing.
Searching for Homes in the Wrong Places?
This is where it’s easy to start “looking for big foot”. There are so many websites that allow you to search homes for sale. How do you know which ones are accurate? For starters, look for a local Real Estate website. The big National websites cover every area of the Country. Local websites focus on your local market. Their information is more likely to be up to date and accurate.
Keep Your Options Open
No one wants to spend day after day looking at homes that disappoint. At the same time, you don’t want to miss a great home just because you didn’t go see it. The quality of listing photos has improved. We still see some homes without photos. Or the photos are so dark you can’t tell what it’s like. Take a look at the map view. Is the location good? Does the MLS info mention other features on your list? Sometimes the listings without photos are worth a drive by. If the house looks better in person than in the photos, schedule an appointment to see the inside.
Best tip to find your dream home?
Work with a Realtor who knows the area. They’ll know the best neighborhoods for a home that fits your needs. If your criteria isn’t realistic, they’ll help you narrow it down to the most important features. They’ll help you find the best matches in your price range. You’ll find your home and have plenty of time left to go “Search for Bigfoot”.