Top Tips For A Long-Distance Home Search

Posted on: 4 June 2018

Remote or long-distance is generally more difficult than hunting for a home in your normal city. However, there are things you can do to make the process more efficient, and they include the following. 

Look Beyond MLS Listings

The first tip is to look beyond the listing pictures; in fact, you should look beyond MLS listings when searching for homes remotely. The MLS listings should just guide you to identify the potential homes; after that, take your search elsewhere to dig more about the properties. Research crime statistics, walkability scores, and school qualities are all important things that you can't get from the listing. In fact, you should also use Google Street View to get a better view of the neighborhood.

Use Your Network

You may not be a resident of your target city or state, but you may find one or two people in your circle of relatives and friends who reside in the area. Tap into this network to get help in getting a better feel of the neighborhood. For example, a friend can just drive around the neighborhood in their free time and report to you what stands out for them in the area or tell you what the neighborhood is renowned for.

Know What You Want

It's always a good idea to have a list of requirements when looking for a home; this is even more important if you are doing it remotely. Have a strict list of "must haves" and "deal breakers" that can help your agent narrow down the available choices with ease. That way you won't waste time researching homes that you won't be buying.

Work With a Local Agent

Looking for a home remotely is easier if dealing with a local agent than if doing it alone or dealing with a foreign agent. The local agent already knows the area and its property marker, and they will be able to narrow down your search significantly. Also, the agent can be your eyes and ears because you will not be physically available most of the time.

See the Promising Listings in Person

Lastly, you should know that even though you will be able to do most of the search remotely, it's best to view the promising listings in person. You can wait until your agent has narrowed down the available properties as much as possible and then jet in to for a final evaluation. This is because there are things, such as the dominant odor of the area, that is best reviewed in person.

For more information on finding residential real estate for sale, contact your local realtor.