LONG DISTANCE HOUSE HUNTING

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LONG-DISTANCE HOUSE HUNTING

Regular house-hunting isn't always easy, but adding distance into the mix can present challenges you don't have when looking a few neighborhoods over for a new home. While it may not be a walk in the park to buy a home from far away, it is possible. If you find a great agent and follow these steps, you can take away some of the stress that comes with moving long-distance.

1.Start Your Research

Knowing what is in your neighborhood is something we tend to take for granted. You know where the best sushi place is and exactly what grocery store is closest to your home for those last minute runs. When moving to a new neighborhood, especially in a new state, it is key to decide what is important to you when it comes to proximity. Does your new house need to be near a park for your kids? Do you need to be 5 minutes from the closest Starbucks? You'll also want to look into crime rates and school ratings if you have children. Researching your potential neighborhoods will help you feel better about choosing a new home that may be far away.

2. Use Technology to Your Advantage

Google Maps may not be constantly updated, but checking out an aerial view can give you an idea of what your neighborhood looks like if you don't have the opportunity to travel right away. Getting the lay of the land is just another way to feel comfortable about your new neighborhood.

3.Have a Travel Budget

Even if you have a great agent showing you as many homes as possible, you need to plan for the possibility of making more than one trip to your future home state if you want to see it in person. While you may have adjusted your budget already to purchase a home, consider factoring in travel costs so you aren't stressed about eating out or gas money during your trips - that way you can focus on finding your dream home.

4.Decide Your Non-Negotiables

Choosing a home from out of town already comes with challenges. If you're heading in to check out houses and have a weekend filled to the brink with potential home tours, it will make your life easier if all of those homes meet your requirements. Instead of seeing all homes that 'might' fit, have your agent remove any houses that have a non-negotiable feature - whether that is no backyard or not enough bathrooms. It will make the most of your time and remove some of the stress of seeing homes that aren't for you.

5. Use a top-notch Realtor

When buying a house long distance, don’t house hunt alone. It’s extremely important that you find a top-notch Realtor to show you the ins and outs of the city, so you can make an informed and wise decision. Without a seasoned and trustworthy real estate agent by your side, you could end up making a very costly mistake. To avoid any regret, make sure to hire a Realtor who is very familiar with the city and its housing market. The real estate agent should have excellent contacts and client reviews, as well as a thorough understanding of social media platforms and marketing strategies. Since you may be house hunting from a distance, you’ll also want to make sure to choose a Realtor who is easy to reach (i.e. answers your phone calls and emails). If time is of the essence, the real estate agent should be able to go see a place in-person as soon as it comes on the market and determine whether or not it meets your needs.  Don't hesitate to call me with questions.  justasktricia.com 563-209-0391


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Tricia Schult

As an agent I am here to Work With/For You. I take your trust seriously. I work hard to provide my clients with the most positive real estate experience possible. A vital part of today's real esta....

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