Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.
- Stay up to date. When you start your search, reach out to an agent, like me to pull up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS). Many online resources, like Zillow, update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter. In places like Fort Collins and Loveland when you’re looking for homes in a specific price range, homes come on and go off the market in the blink of an eye and you won’t want to miss your chance.
- Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
- See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call me and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. I am here to help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
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