Tips For Successful Long Distance House Hunting

July 21, 2015

Buying a house can be a stressful process. Most people only buy a handful of homes over the course of a lifetime, and as such, never get very experienced with the process. Moving to a new state or to a whole new region of the country adds another layer of stress. The following tips will help you navigate your long distance house hunt with ease.

Research Homes Online

The internet is the best place to start looking for homes. In addition to checking out specific properties, you can also view neighborhood maps, read reviews of the schools from the local residents, access information about tourist attractions, and find details about city services, such as parks and garbage pickup. Don't be afraid to post your questions to real estate agents and local residents via email and on message boards.

Make The Best Of A Visit

Regardless of how much time you spend researching the new area online, it's worth making at least one trip to the city before you move. Online descriptions and photos don't always give you the full picture of a specific house, much less a neighborhood as a whole. You don't want to find out that your dream home is down the street from a factory that makes loud noises at all hours after you've made a bid on it. Make a list of properties that you want to see and other areas that you want to check out prior to your visit.

Hire A Real Estate Agent

Sometimes people are wary of hiring a real estate agent because they don't think that it will be worth the money. Why pay for a realtor's services when there is so much real estate information available for free online? A reputable, experienced agent has extensive knowledge of the area, including the current real estate market. Armed with a list of your top priorities (i.e. good school district, close to amenities), he can send you properties that may be a good match, which will save you a lot of legwork. Ask your future employer or family and friends in the area for realtor recommendations.

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