Prepare yourself for a shock, many people purchase a home before ever setting foot inside. No, this isn’t some crazy reality show, these buyers may be moving to a new country or city, or they may not have the time or resources to visit for a home search before the big move. Not everyone has the option (or the desire) to rent for a few months while they find a permanent home in their new location. Most homebuyers want to do everything in one fell swoop and can you blame them? Moving can be an all encompassing experience, imagine dragging it out for longer than necessary. Don’t worry, the future is amazing and there are ways to make home buying from afar a reality.
Where to start? The first step is to find a realtor in the area that you can trust (such as moi). Let them know your circumstances and you can work together vetting properties. In this case, technology is your BFF and your realtor will be able to provide you with a link to a virtual tour if it’s offered, or schedule a meeting where they can walk you through the house via FaceTime or another video-based app. This will help you get a feel for the space and give you the chance to ask your realtor about any potential issues that may pose a problem in the future (Need to know about that shag carpeting? No problem!). You’ll also be able to see any features that you love, which will help you make your final decision.
Moving to an area where you know someone? Another great option is to have a family member or friend who lives in the area stop by a few open houses or take a tour with your realtor of any homes that you’re interested in. Choose someone that you know can be honest with you — that friend who will always tell you when you have something stuck in your teeth is an excellent option. You’ll need a discerning eye to help spot any red flags or deal-breakers before signing on the dotted line.
When the time comes for you to move in, be prepared for the unexpected. There will always be a few things that you didn’t expect when you’ve purchased a home unseen. However, make the best out of the situation and stay positive. It really is possible to find your dream home, even if you can’t see it in person before closing.