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The Best and Worst Ways to Shop for a New Home

By Jamie Richardson | May 8, 2019

Buying a home is an exciting venture, but many people embark on this venture with little knowledge about how to conduct their search efficiently. There are plenty of valuable resources online that can aid you in the search, but there are also plenty of sources that may mislead you.

If you’re in the market for a new home, consider some of these valuable tips to ensure your search goes as smoothly as possible and to avoid some of the common mistakes people make:

Don’t Rely on National Websites

A well-designed website with plenty of listings and lots of searching capabilities is not always the most reliable source. If the website you’re using shows you listings from all over the country, they’re probably sourcing that information from a plethora of other websites, some of which may be untrustworthy.

Some of these websites post listings that are reported as pre-foreclosures. This does not necessarily imply that the home is being sold, but it is still listed on some national websites. Also, sometimes listings will remain active even if the home is sold. This is disappointing if you think you found your dream home, but it’s actually already been sold.

National websites can be useful for exploring the market and developing a general idea of what’s available, but don’t trust them too much. Instead, check websites that offer area-specific listings.

Eaglewood Homes lists lots of new homes for sale in Boise that their team of experts built. With this method, you are dealing with a company personally rather than relying on a website that pulls information from anywhere and everywhere.

Don’t Go to Open Houses

Open houses are definitely a thing of the past. While it may be helpful to see a home in person to decide if it suits your lifestyle, open houses account for a small percentage of home sales in recent years.

Nowadays, people begin their searches online. It’s increasingly simple to narrow your search based on a variety of factors, so for modern-day buyers, visiting the physical house comes second. People don’t necessarily have time to visit different houses or explore neighborhoods.

Save yourself time and effort by browsing online. You’re likely to cover more ground in a shorter amount of time. The home of your dreams is out there, and it may be harder to find it if you’re spending too much time searching. For all you know, it could be sold by the time you stumble across an open house for that home.

Do Check an MLS

An MLS, or multiple listing service, is a database of omes for sale by private firms and sellers. There are plenty of these MLS services online. The reason they’re so useful is because they provide knowledge from a large number of real estate agents, rather than an individual one.

These services are updated constantly, bringing you new information as it arrives. You can subscribe to an MLS yourself or have a real estate agent subscribe you to one. With an MLS, you receive email updates constantly that make you more likely to find a home you’re interested in.

You can conduct searches based on location, which allows you to find listings in several different zip codes. This method is more organized since all of the listings come from a single source rather than you having to do your own research and keep track of several listings yourself.

Searching for the perfect home can be difficult. Ultimately, make sure you’re researching the market continuously and have a clear idea of what you want. To expedite your search, avoid sources that pull information from all sorts of unreliable places and remember to narrow your search by sticking to a detailed list of needs.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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