Buying A Home Online

Posted on: 26 October 2022

You can do almost anything online now, even buying a home. While you will probably want to see the home in person before you make the final decision, you might be surprised at how much can be accomplished with the right real estate agent to help you. Read on to find out more.

The Agent Matters

Almost all real estate agents use technology to do their jobs. However, finding an agent you can work with long distance is the key. You need to be able to do almost every part of the home-buying process from a remote location. Ask your real estate agent if they are game, and you might even find out that you are not the first buyers they have helped that way. Communication is important since you will be emailing, texting, and communicating long distance.

Do Some Research

Whether you are already familiar with the area or not, use the internet to learn more about your new town. Use Google maps to see nearby grocery stores, schools, churches, parks, and more. You can even take a virtual walk through neighborhoods that look promising. You can map the distance between a home and a workplace or the closest yoga studio and more.

Schools are Important

Even if you don't have school-age children, school quality can influence home prices when you buy and when you eventually sell a home. You can access tons of information about school quality by checking online. 

Get the Inside Scoop

Learn what the statistics won't tell you by accessing online city and neighborhood groups and pages. Potential homeowners can get a feel for neighborhoods in the area, find out about good and bad internet providers, read rumors about zoning changes, and so much more. Many forums and social media sites are monitored by local real estate agents. 

Do a Virtual Walk-Through

If you locate a home you want to see more of while perusing online real estate sites, ask your real estate agent to do a virtual walk-through using their tablet or phone. They can record the walk-through so that you can view every room as many times as needed. This type of thing can be very helpful in narrowing down your choices so that you can quickly make a decision when you visit in person.

Plan a Trip

Plan a quick trip once your real estate agent has identified a few homes that look perfect from a distance. Your agent can be ready to dedicate a day or so to you so that you get the most out of the visit.

Signing Online

Several reputable sites allow you to provide your legal signature online. You might not be able to perform the entire closing online, but you can certainly do a lot of tasks that way.  Speak to a real estate agent about finding property for sale