House hunting is stressful enough even if you are moving to another part of town. However, when you are searching for a house from afar, it can make the task of finding the right home for your needs seem almost impossible. As a Realtor in the South Side of Chicago I always want to help clients moving in understand the neighborhoods.
Fortunately, in today’s high-tech world, you have an array of tools available right at your fingertips that can make it easy to find the perfect house for your needs. So, even if you are looking for a home thousands of miles away, you can do so quickly and with minimal fuss. What you cannot get is the tips from a Realtor on the ground who knows that buying a home one block away will drop your value 20 percent.
Partner With The Right Real Estate Agent
The first thing that you should do when looking for a house in an area that you are unfamiliar with is to find a local agent, say someone like me ([email protected]). Find someone who has the expertise of the local market and buying process. The information that you garner from choosing a local agent can be invaluable. They know the market intimately.
Additionally, a local agent knows the community as they likely live there as well. They know which schools and neighborhoods are best. They can get to know what you are looking for in an area and help you find the right community for your particular needs. They might also have information on local gems that are not yet showing up on online listings.
Do Your Research
After you find a home or two that you are interested in, thoroughly research the area. Search for information about local schools, churches, shopping centers and more. You want to make sure that the neighborhood will meet your needs. Research crime rates in the area. This is very important for all Chicago buyers looking to purchase.
Also, determine how long your commute from work to home will be each day. Even if you don’t have children, research local school rankings. The rating and quality of local schools is paramount when it comes to the resale value of your home.
Visit In Person
There is just no amount of research that can substitute for an in-person visit to a potential home. If you are planning to hunt for a house from a distance, be prepared for the travel. Make sure that you have the money and time to visit. It is best to prepare for longer house-hunting trips so that you can take your time when walking through each showing.
Also, make it a point to pay a visit to local restaurants, parks, and businesses to get a feel for the local community. I love this idea and make sure my South Side buyers take advantage of this if they are uncertain about an area.
Your trusted real estate agent will be your best asset when searching for properties at a distance. Be sure to provide your must-have list and start searching for your new home today.