Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your new home search, but it should not be your end all be all. One of the services that I offer my clients is providing them with the most up to date current listings of the homes that meet their search criteria. I have access to and can send the notice of a new listing within 15 minutes of it going on the market. And some I even know about as ‘Coming Soon.’ I can also research the ones of interest prior to the showing to find out if it truly meets all the checkboxes before we schedule a showing for you.
Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind 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. The service I provide will provide the most up to date information.
- Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms. When you wonder why there are not certain photos of key points of the home, it’s usually because that’s what they don’t want you to see. Some research on my part often uncovers that and eliminate wasted time of going for a showing.
- See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call me to 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. I will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
Yes, inventory is low and the market is very competitive right now, but I can save you time, energy, and frustration by being your source for your new home search. Provide me your wish list and I’ll set up for you to receive a notice when your dream home comes up for sale.
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