It is great to look at properties on line - think of all the time we save by looking at those pictures of listings in the computers! But.... Do those pictures really capture the listing? How many times do you see miserable pictures and pass up the listing because of bad pictures or no pictures. As a Realtor, I admit to getting a little snippy - and thinking things like -
Well if the pictures are this bad, then the agent is probably an idiot and hard to work with.
My life is busy enough without having to deal with a stupid or ignorant agent.
I have my own job - I don't need to do that agent's job too.
Right? Don't we all think snarky stuff like that?
Still....Even the good pictures don't tell the whole story of the house. After all in the DC metro area, we can only put up 30 pictures. Do those 30 pictures really tell everything about the property? The neighbors? The light in the house at noon or dusk? The feel of the house when you first pull up to it? It is hard enough for us as Realtors to get an idea of the house, but imagine what it is like for our clients!
I recently had a new client who had just moved to DC decide to rent because they couldn't find anything for sale that they wanted to look at. By relying on the on line photos alone, they eliminated the entire DC metro area. I completely undertand that it is hard for a newcomer to DC to immediately decide on a neighborhood, a style, and a price range and jump into the housing market as a complete novice. (Of course, my job is to educate them on all those things, but honestly - some people need a few months to get to know the lay of the land.) When you don't have children that need to start school in a month, I think renting for a few months or a year actually makes sense. But that isn't why they decided to rent. They decided to rent because - based on a bunch of photos on line- they decided that there was nothing in the DC metro area that they would consider buying.
When you move to a new area like DC, you need to try on a bunch of neighborhoods. You need to see what the restaurants are like or where the grocery stores are. You need to see if your heart sings in that neighborhood or it leaves you cold. You need to try on condos and townhouses - big buildings and small. A new city has new things to consider - and you can't make those decisions from the comfort of your computer. You have to get out and look at the listings and make some decisions based on real knowledge! Put your computer away and put your tennies on - start looking! You will find lots of surprises out there!
If you are looking for a new home, give the Lise Howe Group of Keller Williams Capital Properties a call at 240-401-5577 or 301-251-1221. We specialize in working with relocating buyers! As DC natives, we love showing off our hometown to newcomers. Let us help you too!