Streamlining Your New Home Search

Posted by Cortiers Real Estate on Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 8:49am.

The stresses of getting your loan approved, the overwhelming online searches looking through list after list of homes, the excitement of finding your perfect home, the nail-biting of waiting for your offer to be accepted—all of these things can make for a stress-filled emotional ride.If you take a moment and plan ahead, however, you can incorporate some organizational tips into searching for your new home so that you don’t feel overwhelmed on a daily basis.

Resources

There's a lot of information out there, make sure you are taking full advantage of your resources. Neighborhood Scout, a branch of Location Inc, can give you detailed data about specific neighborhoods, from demographics to crime statistics to school ratings and comparisons so that you are fully informed about where you and your family are going to be living. Other resources such as Tax-Rates.org can provide you with detailed property tax information pertaining to your areas of interest.


These online resources can be accessed from anywhere. Make sure that you are well informed and don’t run into an situation like finding a house you like just to realize it’s too far from the school your children will be attending. Also, once you select an agent to work with, make sure you take full advantage of their knowledge and experience. Agents can provide you with helpful information, so don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions you might have.

Technology

Taking full advantage of the technology available to you can make your search much easier once you actually start looking at homes. Most likely, you will have a large number of homes that you want to visit. After several visits, it is possible that the homes will start to blend together and features that you like get lost in the craziness of multiple viewings.


Having a versatile smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S4 can come in handy. The camera features not only a panorama setting to let you capture bigger pictures, there's also has a handy dual shot capability. The dual shot feature lets you take pictures from both the front and back camera simultaneously to give you unique views of the rooms. You can also create individual folders in your picture gallery for each home you visit, allowing you to keep track of the homes. And by downloading an app like Evernote, you can take detailed notes on all the houses so that narrowing down your choices to the perfect home will be easier than you think.


Whatever resources you choose to use to help with your search, make sure you search thoroughly. Buying a home is life changing event to many people, and there is nothing worse than spending all that time and money and ending up in a home that you really don’t love. By taking advantage of the technology and resources available to you, as well as having a good agent by your side, you can help ensure you end up in a home that you will love.

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