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Posted by CENTURY 21 Sexton & Donohue, Inc. on 3/31/2020

House hunting can be time-consuming. With so many houses currently on the market and so little time to spend visiting homes, itís important to narrow down your search as much as possible before attending a showing.

Fortunately, in todayís digital world, itís possible to learn a great deal of important information right from your phone or computer.

In todayís post, Iím going to give you some advice on researching the homes youíre thinking about making an offer on. Weíll talk about researching the neighborhood, and--of course--the house itself.

Putting together all the stats on the home

Letís start with, arguably, the most important thing to research: the house itself. When you want to learn about a home, the best place to look is usually the real estate listing. Since most of us discover homes through listings, odds are youíre already on this page. However, thereís a lot of information in a listing, so take the time to go through it and gleam whatever you can from the homeís description.

Next, Google the house address and click on listings from other real estate sites. Oftentimes, a house that has been sold before will have multiple listings across the internet with different data.

Once youíve scoured the listings, head over to the county assessorís website to look at records of the homeís ownership. This will tell you who bought and sold the home and when. Thereís much you can learn from this data, especially if a home is being sold frequently. You can also use this information to contact previous owners to ask them questions about the home that the current owner might not know the answer to.

Snooping around the neighborhood

If the house is nearby, simply driving through the neighborhood can tell you a lot. You can visit the neighborhood during rush hour to see what the traffic is like, for example.

However, it isnít always practical to take the time to visit a house that you arenít sure youíre interested in. So, whatís the next best thing? Google Maps.

Visit the neighborhood on Google Maps to see whatís in the area. Are there a lot of closed businesses? That could be a sign of a neighborhood in decline. Check for nearby things like parks, grocery stores, and other amenities that could influence your buying decision.

Next, use Googleís ďstreet viewĒ feature and explore the neighborhood. You can see what kind of shape the other homes are in, and find out the condition of infrastructure like roads and sidewalks.

Note addresses of comparable homes in the neighborhood and look up their purchase prices. This will give you an idea of whether the home is being priced appropriately.

If youíre having trouble finding information on a home, such as sale records, try contacting the local assessor. They should be able to point you to a database that will help you in your search.







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