Congratulations, you made it to luxuryfloridaproperties.com and have joined the over 50% of homebuyers who start their house-hunting search online! In fact, over 90% of buyers will use the internet at some point during the process. Technology certainly aids the search, especially when trying to narrow down options when living out of town. To make the most of your time, keep these tips in mind when searching online for your next home:
- Identify and Separate Your Housing Needs and Preferences
A house may not have everything that you want, but it will have most of the things. Be realistic about pricing and keep in mind the must-have items might be easily retrofitted. Finding a 100% perfect home can be extremely difficult. The idea of the “85% house” can be great to keep in mind. If it meets 85% percent of your criteria, it may be worth serious consideration. That last 15% might be easily fixed or updated or really isn’t that critical in the big picture.
- Stay Up-To-Date
When you start your search, make sure you go to sites with up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service. Luxuryfloridaproperties.com features an enhanced IDX feed that pulls real-time data directly from the local MLS. Realtors post their most current homes for sale through this. Many sites, such as Zillow, fail to remove listings that are already off the market. This can lead to confusion and disappointment as you try to sort through them.
- Pictures Can Be Deceiving
Photographers capture listings at their best. They use different strategies and tools to boost the appeal of the home with creative editing and virtual staging. Often, agents don’t notate when an image has been virtually staged, and the home looks completely different when you see it in person. Many times they don’t include the unappealing aspects, like a dated bathroom or small closet. Likewise, if a professional photographer is not used for the listing photos, a true impression of the home will not be conveyed.
- Partner With a Real Estate Professional
A local real estate professional knows the market best. I can help you sort through multitudes of listings in an effective and logical fashion. Once we’ve narrowed down the options, we’ll take the time to go see the homes that most appeal to you.
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