Are you in the market for a new home and you want to make the most of your choices? Even if you're a real estate veteran, there are a few things that can help you look past the packaging and give you a more realistic picture of your prospects. Here are three things that can help you find homes for sale that are worth your investment.
Go Beyond What You Can See
Most home shoppers know to look for obvious defects, but they rarely listen when viewing a home. Do you hear wind whistling? That could mean energy-draining cracks around windows and under doors or insufficient insulation in attics. It's also a good idea to pay attention to what other attendees at an open house are saying about the property; they may notice things you've overlooked.
Observe the Neighborhood
Are the other properties well-kept? Are there trash cans overflowing at the curb? If the only home on the street that looks nice is the one you're viewing, it could be the result of a good home stager, but not of a good home. You should also drive past the home on a day when there isn't an open house or tour the neighborhood in the evening.
Look at the Insurance Claims History
This is not something many people would ask about or think to investigate, but it’s along the same lines as checking the accident history of a car before you buy it.
Whether you're buying a home for yourself or as an income property, shopping with a critical eye can help you locate the best property for your investment. Combining your instincts with the assistance of a dedicated exclusive buyer's agent is a two-pronged strategy that can increase your odds of making a good decision.
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