How to go house hunting online

Dated: March 26 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to reshape the way they do and see real estate. Sellers have started to explore and employ digital marketing tools, while more and more home buyers are going online in search of their ideal homes. The Internet can be a great resource, but with thousands of listings in real estate websites, how do you find the one? Below are a couple of tips to aid you in your online house hunt.

  1. Use trusted platforms

    There are many well-established real estate websites where you can browse active listings by location. Some of the most famous ones include Realtor.comTrulia, and Zillow. They pull real estate listings from the multiple listing service (MLS) and update them regularly. Real estate agent and company websites also do the same and are perfect if you want to concentrate your home search by location from the beginning.

  2. Set parameters

    With so many real estate listings online, having a set of parameters will effectively narrow down your home search. Real estate websites often have customizable search tools. Use them to your advantage. Tweak the settings to indicate the location you desire, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want, and your price range, among other things.

  3. Check the online listing thoroughly

    It is easy to get sidetracked by pretty listing photos. They are, after all, part of marketing strategies. But do not just focus on the pictures. Check the entire listing to learn more about the property. In order to stand out among the competition these days, sellers are recommended to improve their online listings.

    Take note of the details such as the square footage, the property highlights, and basic information about the home such as the date of its construction. Look at the map to see nearby schools and amenities. Scroll to the bottom of the listing to learn more about the utilities.

  4. Go on a virtual tour

    Once you find a property that has piqued your interest, do not phone the seller’s agent just yet. Check if a virtual tour or walkthrough of the property is available. If it is, explore the home through this tool. If no such feature is offered, contact the seller’s agent if a live walkthrough of the property can be arranged. Going on a virtual tour or watching a video walkthrough of the property allows you to learn more about it. Ultimately, you will be able to decide if the house is something you want to see in person.

  5. Save properties you like

    Most real estate websites also have a handy save tool. It allows you to bookmark homes you like as you search for properties for sale without having to leave plenty of tabs and pages open. At the end of the day or the house hunt, you can check all of the houses you’re interested in and explore them even further by going on virtual tours or scheduling a private showing with the seller’s agent.

Aeris House Properties can help you explore houses for sale in Scottsdale, AZ online. Contact our team today at info@aerishouse.com or 602.466.9771 to work with experienced Scottsdale real estate agents.

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