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Sometime last year, the residential real estate investors of the world finally discovered the goldmine that has been the metro Atlanta housing market for the past several years. Inventory flew off the shelves, and pushed us to a more balanced market.
Investor interest remains high, but inventory now is much harder to find. But, if you can get there first, there are still bargains to be had in the Atlanta area and many other parts of Georgia.
This post by California real estate broker, Bryan Robertson, is good advice for anyone with an eye toward buying real estate in Atlanta from afar.
With the return of the seller's market, buyers are being asked to write offers without having seen the home. This is more common with people relocating (military, etc) than it is for locals. However, even locals with busy jobs are being asked in this fast paced market to write offers without seeing the home. It's often a risky move that requires some degree of sophistication in how you proceed with the purchase to make it work out.
BLIND OFFER: A offer to purchase a home without the buyer having seen it.
So, how do you make an offer on something you've never seen and still feel comfortable about it? There are some ways that combine technology with a really, really good agent. That's important - the agent you're working with must be a real professional who can give you everything you need to make this major decision.
Neighborhood Tour: Use Google Streetview and look around. Get a feel for how the neighborhood looks and if you like it, that's a good start.
Home Tour: Have your agent use their smartphone, camera, camcorder, or tablet to record a video tour as their tour the home. They can share it with you on YouTube so you can see what the home is really like.
Virtual Inspection: Your agent can take photos of areas of concern, send them to you, and you can decide if they warrant more inspections. You may even want a close-up shot or just call an inspector.
With enough video, pictures, and inspections you can get a good enough perspective on the home to make a reasonable purchase decision. Of course, you'll need to review any disclosures so you know as much as possible about the property. If you absolutely must make a blind offer, following these steps will ensure you have the most information you can have about the home.
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Author Bio: Elva Branson-Lee, CDPE, CIAS, IMSD, is the Executive Team Leader of the Best Atlanta Short Sales Team, Atlanta's premier short sales specialists. She is also the author of "Avoid Georgia Foreclosure."
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.