Tips for searching ONLINE

Dated: April 26 2020

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Home searching is way up right now, way up!  No matter which site you use.  “Millenials” and “Gen Z” have generally used online search for the first place they start their search and these tips will even be good for them.

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. 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.

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 But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.

Look at it once… take some time, and then look at it again.  Even though listings aren’t staying on the market any longer and there is still a shortage of listings, without physically being there, it’s difficult to see it as it is and put it into perspective.

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. It might have to be a video meeting with them, but you want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.

 

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Brian Wittman

So I got into real estate while working as a firefighter/paramedic. Before I was a firefighter/paramedic, I worked in banking. I did business sales, equity loans, mortgage referrals, bank investing ....

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