Whether you’re relocating for work or searching for a vacation home, long-distance house hunting comes with a different set of issues compared to local house hunting. The first, and most important, step is to get in touch with a great local agent. Agents, like ours here at the Ferzoco Group, can guide you through the process and answer a host of questions you’ll need to ask about your new location.
We’ve compiled our best tips for long-distance house shopping. After finding the local agent that will best suit your needs, here are some other things to think about.
Research then research some more.
Research is easier than it has ever been. It’s possible to search for a potential home and within minutes, you can know the local schools, crime stats, information about adjacent homes, and even how far the local grocery store or beach is. Google’s street view can provide invaluable insight into an area. When you’re unable to drive through a neighborhood in person, you can simulate neighborhood scouting with the help of this feature.
Of course you need to have a “must haves” list no matter where you shop for a home. You can’t choose what you love unless you know what you love. Decide what items are non-negotiables for you. Make a list of your dream qualities and your more realistic amenities before starting the search. Research local homes while keeping this list in mind. It will keep you focused and help your agent guide you in the right direction.
Get ready to travel.
You’re going to need to travel to see homes at some point. (Although sight unseen home buying does happen, most buyers prefer to tour in person.) Set up a weekend or, ideally, 4 or more days you can spare to head to your location to tour potential properties. Forming a relationship with a local agent is key when you’ve got a limited window for shopping. Your agent can help you to plan a blitz weekend of showings and will help to coordinate the logistics of your tours.
There are always going to be unexpected things that happen when you’re house hunting. Contracts, inspections, and meetings can pop up when you least expect them. Have a travel budget that goes beyond just house shopping and closing day expenses. Make sure you can easily travel if the need arises during the home buying process.
Don’t be afraid.
Fear can be debilitating when it comes to house hunting, especially remotely. Sometimes offers need to be made sight unseen or homes need to be toured when you aren’t available. It’s not ideal for most people, but competitive markets sometimes demand it. This is one more example in which a relationship with a trusted agent will help tremendously. No matter the circumstances, it’s important to have someone on your team who knows what you need. With today’s connectivity technology, it’s possible to take video tours or have remote meetings with your agent as needed.
Agents like ours are able to guide you through the process with ease. No matter what your remote home buying may look like, give us a call. We’d love to help you find the Jersey Shore home of your dreams and work with you to make long-distance home buying a breeze.