Using the Internet to Find a Home

computerOver the last few years the internet has become a major piece of the home buying process.  I don’t think I have had one customer in the last two or three years who hasn’t been online before they call me.  Even annual and seasonal tenants will check online before they call.  Here is an article I saw recently that should help you with some tips when you are starting your home search.  More than 89% of buyers use the internet during their home search to look at listings, find information about neighborhoods or learn more about the buying and mortgage process.

THE INTERNET GIVE BUYERS MORE OPTIONS

On average, buyers who use the internet searched for 10 weeks and visited 10 homes before they found the one they purchased.  Compare this to buyers who didn’t use the internet: they searched an average of five weeks and visited five homes prior to finding their preferred home.  It’s clear – the more information buyers have, the more choices they have available to them.

65% of buyers walked through a home they viewed online as a result of their internet home search.

HOW TO USE THE INTERNET TO FIND A HOME

Since buying a home is a process of elimination the internet can help you narrow down your list of homes so you can focus on the ones that fit your needs.

Get information about properties:

Many homebuyers start their search online so they can get an idea of what’s for sale in their desired neighborhoods.  Search the MLS for listings that meet your criteria and pinpoint the ones you’d like to learn more about.

Take a virtual tour:

Many listings feature interactive maps of the area around the home.  If the listing doesn’t feature this option, simply type the address into Google Maps to see local businesses, schools and services. Seeing what’s nearby will give you a feel for the area and help you decide if it s the right fit for you.

GET NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION

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The only true way to be sure you’ve found the right home is to walk through it.  Call me to help you find the home that’s right for you!

I have experience and information on all the different communities we have in the Naples area.  You definitely want to start your search on the internet but don’t rely on Google to find you the perfect home; that’s my job and I have been doing it for many years!  Don’t reinvent the wheel use my knowledge and expertise to help you the negotiate the pitfalls of a home purchase.

Remember it’s always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and a real estate professional in your corner.

 

 

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