Buying a home sight unseen? Here are some tips!5/18/2020
Buying a home without seeing it in person! Really?
This is not a new concept. Whether due to a job or other circumstance, from baby boomers to millennials, recent polls indicate that over 20% of buyers have placed contracts on homes without ever stepping inside.
Here are some tips to guide you:
Utilize Digital Tools. It is likely that marketing photos of a listing will be the first method you use to see its interior. These images are often digitally enhanced and therefore can skew lighting, colors, room sizes, etc. Your agent can provide more accurate digital media to help you view the home in a more realistic way. Ask them to give you images or video taken on their cellphone to get a better idea of the home's layout. Other media such as MatterPort or other 3D tours are also useful in viewing a listing as if you were there in person.
Research is Essential. Performing your due diligence when considering the purchase of a home whether you're buying it sight unseen or not is required. For example, you need to get to know the neighborhood by visiting it in person if possible. If you aren't nearby, use the Google Maps street view feature. Another idea is to join local Facebook groups or connect on NextDoor to get to know your future neighbors and possibly ask them questions.
Work With a Professional. Hiring a Realtor is crucial, especially when purchasing a home without ever stepping foot in it. They will know the area, neighborhood and home values as well as assist you in touring the home virtually. Also, your agent will be able to visit the home if you aren't and give you an idea of pertinent things like noise from traffic, natural lighting, unexpected odors and more.
It is clear that the first quarter of 2020 has brought many changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with numerous shifts in the ways we do things. The good news is that consumers and businesses are adapting to this "new normal" of social distancing embracing all the tools to allow you to feel comfortable with virtual tours and signings.
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