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Buying A Home Sight Unseen? Avoid These Mistakes

Dated: January 13 2021

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Because of social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and other COVID-related challenges, buying a home sight unseen has become increasingly common. And when you do it the right way, you can find exactly what you’re looking for in a property—without ever actually seeing it in person.

But if you do it the wrong way? It can be a real challenge. So, the question is, what are the biggest mistakes buyers make when buying a property virtually—and, more importantly, how can you avoid those mistakes?

recent article from realtor.com outlined the key mistakes buyers should avoid when purchasing a property sight unseen, including:

  • Not leveraging all the available technology. When you can’t tour a home in person, you want to take advantage of any and all available technology to get a feel for the property and neighborhood. That includes going through any online listings, taking a comprehensive video tour (or a few!), and using Google Street View to check out the surrounding area.
  • Skipping the home inspection. Getting a home inspection is always important—but it’s especially important when you haven’t seen a property in person. It can be hard to determine the condition of a home strictly based on photos and video tours; the home inspection will tell you exactly how much work the home needs—and whether you’re willing to tackle that work.
  • Not working with the right local agent. A local agent is an invaluable resource when you’re buying a home sight unseen; they’re able to tour the home in person, answer your questions, and share any insights that you might miss when touring a home virtually.

The Takeaway:

So, what does this mean for you? If you’re considering buying a home sight unseen, it’s important to understand the common mistakes buyers make; that way, you can avoid those mistakes—and make sure the home you’re buying is the right fit for you (even if you’ve never seen it in person).

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Yvette Belisle

I am a lifelong resident of Alaska and have lived in the Anchorage area for over 26+ years. I grew up in the Anchorage bowl and have knowledge of many parts of the city which have added in aiding my c....

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