Good news for Havasu home buyers! We've seen a rise in available inventory recently. An increase in inventory helps keep bidding wars at bay...at least for the moment. So, your chances of finding (and buying) a home go up as well. Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search. In fact, Statista shows that 95% of all home buyers in the US use their computers to search for homes online. But it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of a home. However, you should keep in mind that there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings, keep the following three things in mind when house hunting online.
Top Tips for House Hunting Online
Stay Up to Date
When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market. This makes it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
Pictures Can be Deceiving
Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in its best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
See It to Believe It
Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You need to take this opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will probably ask questions you may not have even thought of.
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Originally posted on my Lake Havasu area real estate blog here: https://havasuareahomes.com/top-tips-for-house-hunting-online/.