The Do’s And Don’ts Of Buying A Home Long Distance
If you are relocating to Colorado Springs for a job, military or for family reasons, you may be wondering how you should go about the house buying process. Buying a home where you are currently located, or even in the same state can already be stressful and overwhelming. The Platinum Group, Realtors understands this and we want to help make the home buying process as easy and stress-free as possible. Not only do we have a relocation expert on staff, but the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs has put together a list of helpful tips to help make long distance house hunting a little bit easier.
DO Your Research
When it comes to looking for a home remotely, the internet and your Colorado Springs real estate agent will be your best friend. While you may know everything about your current neighborhood and area, you probably know little to nothing about the neighborhood you will be moving too. Nothing will compare to actually visiting the area in person, you can still search for things like crime rates, schools, and what the traffic and your commute will be like.
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DO Know What Factors You Are Looking For In A Home
Whenever you are house hunting, whether it’s long distance or just down the road, it’s always a great idea to have a list of what you are looking for in a house. Whether it’s a certain number of bedrooms, a certain design style, or upgraded features, having an idea of what you are looking for is even more helpful when house hunting remotely.
Also knowing what type of neighborhood you want will allow your Colorado Springs real estate agent to narrow the search down to certain areas. It’s also helpful to have a list of non-negotiables, things you won’t compromise on.
Knowing exactly what you want can help your agent narrow the search down to a few houses. When the market is hot you usually have to make a decision fairly quickly on a house. If you find a house you love, don’t wait to submit an offer. The agent can video chat with you and walk you through the house. Getting on a plane to visit the house in person could take a significant amount of time and may make you miss out on the house.
DO Visit The Area In Person
This can be the trickiest part of house hunting. It’s best to start looking at houses and neighborhoods online, enlist the help of the best real estate agents in Colorado Springs, and then once you and your agent have narrowed the search down to a few houses, set up a weekend to travel and view the homes in person.
While this would be the ideal scenario for everyone, it may not always work out this way. If the house is popular you may have to make a decision quick and decide to put an offer on it without seeing it in person. If homes do sell before you are able to visit, your real estate agent can set up other showings and find other options that fit your criteria. The real estate market is ever changing.
DO Ask A Lot Of Questions
Ask every question, even the silly ones. You may have bought and sold homes in the past but the process could be different in a new city or state. If you have questions about closing costs, inspections needed….ask the question. Your Colorado Springs real estate agent will be able to answer any question you may have. You will want to make sure during each step of the home buying process that you are fully informed so there are no surprises. Relocating to an area can be challenging but the home buying process doesn’t have to be.
DON’T Just Go Off The Listing Information Online
Searching online is a great starting point when searching for a home, but you will want to check the property out in person. Online listings don’t always show the neighborhood information, the type of street the home is on, any issues when doing a walk through and the overall feel of the home. When you are long distance house hunting, you want to make sure that you and your real estate agent are on the same page. They are going to be your boots on the ground in the area that you will be moving too. The Platinum Group, Realtors is a dedicated and hard-working team. All of our members are full-time agents who are well established, experienced, and passionate about serving you and your family with excellence.
DON’T Feel Pressured
You may have pressure to move quickly when relocating to Colorado Springs. Don’t let the pressure of moving cause you to move too quick and not buy the home you want. Take your time and make sure you find the right home for you. If you are under a deadline to move, then make sure you are able to visit the area for a few days to get your home search moving quickly. Visiting the area you can your top picks in person and get the ball moving a lot quicker.
DON’T Skip Steps In The Home Buying Process
You may not have a lot of time to prepare when relocating, but make sure you don’t skip any vital steps. Home inspections are vital when buying a home. Even if the home is newer or doesn’t appear to have issues, make sure you take the time to get all of your inspections prior to closing. It will save you time, money and headaches down the road.
The Platinum Group, Realtors Are Your Relocation Experts
Buying a house remotely shouldn’t be a negative experience. In fact, moving to a new place can be both fun and exciting. At The Platinum Group, Realtors we understand that moving to a new city can be stressful and overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The best real estate agents in Colorado Springs are ready to help you find your dream house.
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