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House Hunting by Long Distance

Thursday, October 17, 2019   /   by Connie Tracy

House Hunting by Long Distance

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Regular house-hunting isn't always easy, but adding distance into the mix can present challenges you don't have when looking a few neighborhoods over for a new home. While it may not be a walk in the part to buy a home from far away, it is possible. If you find a great agent and follow the steps, you can take away some of the stress that comes with moving long-distance.

1. Start your Research

Knowing what is in your neighborhood is something we tend to take for granted. You know  where the best sushi place is an exactly what grocery store is closest to your home for those last minute runs. When moving to a new neighborhood, especially in a new state, it is key to decide what is important to you when it comes to proximity. Does your new house need to be near a park for your kids? Do you need to be 5 minutes from the closest Starbucks? You'll also want to look into crime rates and school ratings if you have children. Researching your potential neighborhoods will help you feel better about choosing a new home that may be far away. 

2. Use Technology to your Advantage

Google Maps may not be constantly updated, but checking out an aerial view can give you an idea of what your neighborhood looks like if you don't have the opportunity to travel right away. Getting the lay of the land is just another way to feel comfortable about your new neighborhood.

3. Have a Travel Budget Set Aside

Even if you have a great agent showing you as many homes as possible, you need to plan for the possibility of making more than one trip to your future  home state if you want to see it in person. While you may have adjusted your budget already to purchase a home, consider factoring in travel costs so you aren't stressed about eating out or gas money during your trips- that way you can focus on finding your dream home. 

4. Decide the Non-Negotiables

Choosing a home from out of town already comes with challenges. If you're heading in to check out houses and have a weekend filled to the brink with potential home tours, it will make life easier if all of those homes meet your requirements. Instead of seeing all homes that might fit, have your agent remove any houses that have a non-negotiable feature- whether that is no backyard or not enough bathrooms. It will make the most of your time and remove some of the stress of seeing homes that aren't for you.

Check out my website at https://connie.viewhomesinspokane.com for more helpful articles for buyers and sellers! The more you know, the more prepared you will be in this competitive market.

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Your Friendly Real Estate Expert...Cheers!
Connie Tracy
Haven Real Estate Group
509-270-9476
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