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Buying a home sight unseen? Here are some tips!


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. 

Looking to purchase your dream home with confidence? Let the Chain Koentopp Group guide you today!



Buying and Selling Homes During COVID-19

We're at the beginning of the 2nd Quarter of 2020 and the market is poised to take on a new look. Even just weeks ago, Nevada's economy was on strong footing, with locals being able to point to billions of dollars worth of real estate projects underway. On the resale market, buyers picked up about 2,470 single-family homes in February, up almost 26% from the same month last year, and around 2,280 in January, up 25%, according to Las Vegas Realtors, which reports data from its listing service.

Then, the novel coronavirus hit, pushing our nation into a frenzy, with housing transactions in Vegas and all around the country struggling to adapt to the economic and logistical realities imposed by COVID-19.

At first glance, a process that involves visiting many other people's homes seems ripe for chaos and disruption amid a pandemic. In recent years, the rise of online and alternative resources gives us the ability to tour a home without leaving the comfort of one's living room. Real estate agents are also inventing creative ways to market their properties. With open houses canceled in many locations, agents are making themselves available over video to walk potential home buyers through vacant and newly constructed homes. Some title companies, meanwhile, are offering drive-through closings that comply with social distancing requirements.

If you were planning on buying or selling in 2020, you obviously are faced with some degree of uncertainty. Don't panic. Homes continue to sell and inventory currently remains low, however possibly not for long. If you're a seller with equity looking to relocate, it is possible to take advantage of these shifts in the market as being at the forefront of change can reap rewards. Have you been thinking about selling your home? If so, don't hesitate and contact us!

Want To Sell Your Home Quickly? Follow These Tips

We're in the middle of the first quarter of 2020 and the market is very active, with homes selling quickly and low inventory. Are you thinking about selling your home? If so, don't hesitate and contact us! Here are several tips to that will help your home sell quickly:

Channel Your Inner Neat Freak. You always knew your inner organizational tendencies would come in handy one day. Now is the time to get rid of the the clutter and win over the hearts of buyers! The key is to create a pleasing environment where clients can imagine their own furniture in the space. Pay particular attention to kitchen and bathroom counters, fireplace mantels and tabletops.

Rearrange Your Furniture. Once all the clutter is taken care of, step back and take a look at the big picture. Does your home seem inviting to buyers? Does it make them want to sit and stay a while? Than they freely move through the home without bumping into anything? With the Chain Koentopp Group, we can lend a fresh eye and help you reimagine your home.

Price Your Home Correctly. Though every seller's budget and needs vary, the Chain Koentopp Group has the experience to develop a pricing strategy that is not only based on your goals, but is based on current conditions and neighborhood comps. Furthermore, based on how quickly you need to sell, we can assist you on testing the market to see how much interest your home will receive.

Timing is Everything. Are you looking to sell before the school year ends or begins? Before spring break? After the holidays? All of this can be taken into consideration when you work with a seasoned real estate professional. Other things the Chain Koentopp Group can help you consider are the fact pools can encourage a home to be sold quicker in seasons like spring and summer.

Have questions or want more information? Give us a call Linda at 702-250-7000 - Lori at 702-595-9722 or let’s grab a quick coffee to discuss. No question is too big or small — We are here for you!

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