In the age of Covid-19, we all find ourselves doing things a lot differently than we did in the past, including searching for our dream home.
Hunting for a new property online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Realtors who have listings for what they expect will be high-demand properties as scheduling weekend appointments – often in 15-minute increments – in lieu of the traditional open house format.
This is a great safety precaution, but it makes it especially important that new home buyers stay on top of new listings, open houses, and appointment schedules for properties they are interested in.
With historically low interest rates and historically low inventory levels, many properties are selling in record time, with multiple offers above asking price. While it may be tempting to make a quick offer to avoid a bidding war, we always recommend seeing your prospective purchase before making an offer.
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 But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
- 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. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
If you’re trying to formulate your buying strategy, our certified Realtors can help you put a plan in place to find your dream home! If you’re looking for an agent to guide you through your home-buying journey, you can find all of Molisse Realty Group’s professional agents RIGHT HERE!