The Truth About Searching For Homes Online
Are you putting off hiring a real estate agent until you find the “perfect home”? If so, understand the value of partnering with a professional early in the game:
When searching for homes, it’s easy to get sucked into looking at home after home online, drawn to the stunningly filtered photos of manicured lawns, sharp-looking kitchens, and giant bedrooms. Although online is a great place to begin and can be a valuable resource, it’s important to keep in mind that all may not be as it seems.
Photos don’t always capture the full picture. Real estate photographers are very good at highlighting the best features of the home and often use wide angle lenses to make spaces appear larger than they really are. But, be aware that there may be less photo-worthy features they aren’t displaying. If you find a home online that you love, contact a Real Estate Agent immediately to request a showing of the home to make sure it meets all of your needs. Homes in Broward County are currently going under contract in about 38 days (and sometimes within only a just few days!), so having an established relationship with a REALTOR will be essential for you landing the home of your dreams!
Ensure you are looking at current listings. Nothing is worse than falling in love with the perfect home, only to check out the listing date to find it was posted two years ago. Make sure you lean on your agent, and be sure they are sending you updated information from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
Use your real estate agent as a professional resource. If you find a seemingly great listing online, always run it by your agent to confirm you aren’t missing something important. They can also provide neighborhood details, price comparisons for similar properties just sold in the area, additional listings that match your criteria and more. Once you find a home you’re ready to view or even pass by an open house, make sure you bring your agent with you to answer questions and be an extra set of eyes.
Good news is your agent’s commission is paid by the seller in almost all circumstances!