The pandemic has complicated a lot of things in all of our lives and that includes real estate. Even before the pandemic, sometimes virtual house tours it the only way for you to decide which to settle on. It’s known for being stressful but thrilling at the same time, but there’s no reason to put your search on hold. With the help of technology and trusted agents, you can find your dream home virtually!
Make the Most of Virtual Tours & Video
Today, many have taken advantage of tech tools to offer virtual tours and provide them right on the listing page. This isn’t always the case, so reach out to the realtor that you’re working with and see if they can facilitate some kind of virtual tour. Often, experienced agents have relationships with listing agents and can fill requests like this. A tour over zoom or something else will allow you to ask questions, too making it much more interactive. Either before or after this virtual tour, you’ll want a copy of the home’s floor plan to help you envision yourself there.
Map Out the Neighborhood
This may seem simple, but you should head over to Google Maps and take a close look at the area around your home. Many of us have started taking walks around your neighborhood, and if you’re one of those people, you’ll want sidewalks and some nice scenery. You can also use this tool to find local eateries and stores while seeing reviews of the businesses right there. You want to make sure that you find a home in a place that fits your lifestyle and online tools can help make identifying the right area easier. Working with a trusted local agent is another way to find the fit for you. Not all local knowledge can be found online, that’s where experts come in.
Do Your Research
Of course, you’re going to research the area that you’re potentially moving to, but don’t limit yourself when doing so. Use social media and local publications to learn insider info about the neighborhood. You can learn the ups and downs are the towns from people who live there.
Get in the Car
In addition to viewing the neighborhood online, you can hop in your car and drive through different perspective neighborhoods. By doing this, you can put Google Maps to the test and get the feel for the area. Even if you aren’t traveling to work now, test out the commute if you plan a return. This is one of the best ways to get a feel for living there without actually staying there.
Look at Similar Listings
One of the best ways to gauge the market in the area is by checking out similar homes. You can get a feel for the type of neighbors you’ll have.
If you’re ready to begin your home buying process and looking for a trusted team, reach out to Bergen Realty Team today.