What’s important when searching for a new home?
Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all.
Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts, keep the following three things in mind.
Choose the Right Search Vehicle.
Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS). This is where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale.
Realtor.ca is a great place to find your ideal home in the Greater Vancouver area. Other online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market. This can make it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
Don’t Believe the Hype.
Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger.
They often also use creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. Also, listings won’t usually contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
Go Look at the Property.
Seeing is believing. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call your real estate agent to schedule a showing.
You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person. Explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
If you’re not already working with an agent and have questions, please feel free to get in touch. I’d love to answer those questions and share current market information.