Long distance house hunting
December 6, 2005
Marketa’s Grab Bag.BY MARKETA JONAS-HAGY
House hunting is one thing when you are moving within the same community, it’s a totally different experience when you are looking for a home in another part of the state, country or even world. You can’t simply jump in the car and stop by the open house or drive by to judge the home’s curb appeal.When you are moving long distance, it requires a totally different approach. Begin by choosing a real estate or relocation professional that has a proven track record and a solid reputation. Ask them for their resume, as well as a list of references. He, or she, will be your eyes and ears in the marketplace, so it is imperative that you trust his, or her, opinions.
You will need to give your representative very specific criteria of what you are looking for. These should include the price range, size, number of bedrooms and baths, location, age, school proximity and home style. Make sure your representative is very clear on what you want, and don’t want, in a home. If a big back yard is your number one priority, tell them that. If you don’t even want to consider ranch style homes, tell them that too. Be specific about your likes and dislikes. It will help her focus on the right properties for you and save you both a lot of time.Use the internet to your advantage. Ask your Realtor to e-mail you pictures and virtual tours of the homes that meet your criteria. Your agent can also steer you to websites that will allow you to do your own searches of homes available in the area. Once you have found the homes that interest you, a quick weekend trip should be enough to find the right property and make a purchase offer.
House hunting long distance certainly presents some obstacles, but it does not mean you can’t find the perfect home for you and your family.MARKETA JONAS-HAGY is a real estate broker with Century 21 Gold in Frisco. She has been helping people with their real estate buying and selling needs for 14 years. You can reach Marketa at (970) 668-2121 x 215, (800) 548-0021 x 215 or by e-mail at email@example.com.