Making a home purchase is a very big investment, which many people put much time and consideration in doing. Unfortunately, there may be a situation where you end up buying a house without being able to see it in person. This could be due to getting a new job in another state and needing to suddenly move. When this happens, you'll need all the help you can get picking the right home. Be sure to ask your realtor these 3 things.
What Is The Neighborhood Like During The Night and The Day?
A thing you can't see when you are unable to visit the home is the neighborhood's personality. There is something to be said about how a neighborhood feels when you are walking down the street, both during the night and the day.
Hopefully, your realtor has visited the area. Ask them about how safe the area feels, if it is well lit, and if it has an overall good vibe. Streets can have completely different feels to them, even if they are in the same city. You may have one street where the neighbors don't really talk to each other, and another street that has frequent block parties during summer. These are all things that you can't tell based on the listing online.
Are Home Values At Their Peak?
It's easy to be familiar with the home values in your local area, especially if you bought the house you are currently living in at some point. When looking at homes for sale in another state, though, it can feel completely unfamiliar to you. Ask The Soda Group or whichever other real estate service that you're using about housing trends, and if it looks like homes have reached their peak value or if the value will soon go up.
If you are only going to be in the home for a few years, it may not be wise to buy in an area that just had a housing boom.
Is The Seller Flexible?
Home sales can be difficult when you are not there in person to handle things. It is important that the seller of any home you purchase is flexible with your situation. This could include scheduling a home inspection without you being there, or even doing a walkthrough over FaceTime.
For more tips about buying a home without seeing it first in person, work with a real estate agent that has experience with these types of sales in the past. It is what will help the purchase go as smoothly as possible.