Top Tips for House Shopping From Afar

by Cathy Tishhouse 12/08/2019


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House shopping when you live far from your new community is not easy, but technology makes it much simpler to tackle this big task. While nothing beats in-person visits, if you live across the country, or even in an international destination, you may not have that option. Here’s a look at how you can make a long-distance house shopping experience work.

Find the Right Agent

You’re going to need a tech-savvy agent who is willing to be in constant communication. The agent is going to need to use technology to help you see houses, be able to get documents back and forth successfully and know how to move quickly when you’re ready to make the purchase.

Start Online

Start your search online to narrow down what it is you do and don’t want. Different areas of the country have different types of homes, so you may find the basement you’re hoping for just isn’t standard for homes in your new community. Once you have narrowed down what you’re looking for, use the Internet to learn more about the communities.

Schedule Showings

Yes, you can have showings long-distance. Using real-time video tools like FaceTime or Skype, your agent can walk you through the home. This is why the agent you choose is so critical, because you’re going to need this type of partnership to find the right home. These real-time video tours will allow you to see the home's condition. The right agent will do a thorough search of the property and tell you about potential problems they may find.

Research Neighborhoods Carefully

One thing your agent won’t be able to do is give you specific details about neighborhoods, other than facts like its schools and commute times. Research neighborhoods carefully online to learn all you can about them, and find one that seems like a good fit for your needs. If you can, make a survey trip to your new community to narrow down the neighborhoods with the right vibe for you.

Never Skip the Inspection

When you’re buying a home long distance, you’ll need that inspection, even if it isn’t required. The inspection gives you details about the home that will be critical to your decision-making process.

Buying a home when you don’t live near the community is much easier today than it ever has been due to the increased amount of technology available to modern home buyers. Use this technology well, and soon you’ll find a home that’s a great fit.

About the Author
Author

Cathy Tishhouse

 Prior to becoming a Realtor in 2004, I was the training manager for Marriott Hotels at the Detroit Renaissance Center and a Corporate Trainer for Marriott International. . I have worked extensively in the hospitality industry as a Food & Beverage Server and Human Resource professional (staffing, recruiting and training hospitality) for Westin Hotels. .

With over twenty five years experience in customer service,  I believe that caring for clients is the most important aspect of my career—particularly in the purchase or sale of real estate— usually the single largest asset a person possesses.  The Real Estate Industry is a dynamic and  changing profession and you need the guidance of a proven professional to represent your interests.

I love what I do -- creating ways to develop my business and new marketing strategies for my listings, the variety in viewing so many homes and interiors and finally, I love it because I know I make a difference in my interactions with people and the service I provide.

When you make the important decision to buy or sell a home, I’m committed to going the extra mile to ensure that all of your needs are successfully met in a professional and honest manner.