3 Tips for Online House Hunting
Especially in these times, most people turn to online sources to look for homes. While this is often the first step, it probably shouldn't be your last. An online ad/listing will highlight the best features of the home, but there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.
Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter. And don't forget, real estate agents have access to all listed homes, some of which may not be advertised online, or at least not with the sources you've checked!
Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. That's part of the job, after all!
See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. You'll want to see just how large that closet really is. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.