Online house hunting? Keep these tips in mind!

Dated: November 7 2019

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As the weather turns colder and wetter, you may not want to go outside unless you REALLY need to go.  Don't let the cold stop you from finding your dream home!  Winter may be a great time for you to buy.  Though hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, it should not be your end all be all. A good listing agent will do an excellent job of highlighting the best features of the home, so you need to keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.

1. Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site, such as my website, that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market or pending, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.  For an accurate list of homes listed as active, check out https://jeffrose.exprealty.com.  Once you start your search you can register for an account and get email alerts when newly listed homes match your search criteria.

2. Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.  Sometimes the opposite happens and you find pictures taken by an amateur and you are left wondering what happened.  Remember the pictures are meant to give you an idea of the layout and overall style of the home. Don't let bad pictures keep you from visiting a home with a great floorplan and don't let a beautifully pictured home cause you to have an unrealistic image of the house.

3. See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call me to schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. I will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of about the home and your needs.  Let's make the trek into the cold worth it for you!

Check out my website and/or call me today to start your home search.  I'll be happy to set up alerts for you so that your dream home's information can go straight to your inbox.

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Jeff Rose -- ICON

As a fourth generation native New Mexican and lifelong Albuquerque resident, Jeff Rose has a unique vision for the Albuquerque Real Estate market. He earned a BBA in Human Resources and Marketing fro....

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