David Higgins' Blog
So, you know you’re ready to buy a home and will be purchasing a new home soon. You’re excited that you finally have the down payment and are itching to start your home search. While you’re meeting with real estate agents and interviewing candidates to help you find your home, you can’t help but get started on your own. Everyone goes through this, you see yourself starting to look online and browse around. You may have an idea about your budget and financial and special requirements. That’s good! Just remember that it’s easy to stray outside your guidelines when you’re browsing online. Your real estate agent will ultimately guide you to properties that fit your requirements, but while you’re browsing around you may want to consider setting some boundaries or search guidelines for yourself.
First, know that browsing current listings online can help you create a productive list of features, preferences for your real estate agent to work with. You should feel encouraged to browse around, just remember to think about some basic direction you should consider before you start. This mostly pertains to your mental state when browsing, but know that your browsing will influence your actual buying strategy in the end.
Looking for homes online allows you to look at every price level, area and feature imaginable, or at least available within a range of your current city. It actually isn’t a bad thing to look at home out of your price range, but you should focus on homes within your price range. This can help you understand what your money can get you. You can see what features and locations are available in your price range, as well as above, so you can hone in on the significant areas and features you want to discuss with your real estate agent.
While looking at homes online, you should remind yourself to look at features, price, and location generally, and not focus in on a single home. The house you’re looking at online may or may not be available when you ask your agent. Furthermore, the home you’re looking at may or not be real. Even if you see something awesome online, you should always ask the advice of a trusted agent. They can verify the listing against the official MLS listing and contact the homeowner or their listing agent before you become too invested in the home.
Bottom line, feel free to search online while you select a real estate agent to facilitate your home search. Just remember to be smart, keep yourself from becoming overly obsessed with a single house and always ask the agent you choose to contact sellers on your behalf. With the help of your agent’s guidance, you’ll be well on your way to finding your new home.