Most people start their home search online. Makes sense because most people start their search for anything online. With all the sites out there, is there a right way to do an internet home search? Yes, and here is how to do it.
Start with the right site
Use Realtor.com for your search. Realtor.com is the most up to date site since it is integrated with the MLS system. That means that it has real time data that is always up to date.
Other sites don’t have this and you could find that the homes you like are already off the market because the site isn’t real time.
Make a list of must haves
Before searching come up with a list of things that you must have and would like to have. Be specific about musts versus likes. “Musts” are deal breakers if they aren’t there, “likes” are extras that would be nice, but can be added later and won’t kill the deal. It will also help you narrow your search.
You should also know your price range
It should be based on your budget. You can start with Zillow Zestimates, but use that as a starting place, not the final word on whether you can afford a home or not.
Don’t rely on the selling agent for how much home you can afford. they represent the seller and not only has their interests in mind, but their commission as well.
You should apply for and become pre-approved for your mortgage. Your mortgage company will be able to tell you how much home you can really afford.
Now you’re ready to start your search
You know your price range and your must haves. Stick to that range. Remember that a seller won’t discount their home by a large sum just because you looked outside your range and fell in love with their home.
Be smart, search the right way and your new home will be yours soon enough!