Shopping for homes online
If you are currently looking for a new home, it can be hard to imagine what it used to be like when searching for a home before the internet. Now, you can comfortably search for a new home in the comfort of your own home, without having to spend your evenings and weekends driving around to visit homes and go to open houses. Some buyers even buy homes without ever stepping foot in the home! If you are in the market for a New Braunfels custom builder
to build your new home, Weston Dean Custom Homes has five tips on how to use the internet to your advantage when buying a home.
The first way to use the internet to your advantage is learning the ins and outs of the home buying process, if you are a first time homebuyer looking to purchase your first home. You can find tons of articles from Real Estate professionals and brokerages that are constantly posting on the home buying process. Things to consider doing your research on will be finding a real estate agent, how to get a mortgage, and how to make an offer on a home. Even if it isn’t your first time buying a home, if it has been a while it’s good to do your research and see what is new in the market that you might not be aware of.
The second tip you can use the internet for (especially if you are moving out of town or out of state) is to do the research on the neighborhoods you are looking for a new home in. It is a huge asset to be able to check out the neighborhood statistics, school information, bylaws, covenants and restrictions in the neighborhoods you may be looking at homes in.
The third tip you can use the internet for to your advantage is helping you find professional services. From finding a realtor, to fining a mortgage lender down to finding a moving company to help you move, the internet is a great resource to help you find the best company to fit your needs and check reviews to make sure they are up to par.
The fourth tip you can use your online skills for is looking up the property tax records of a home. This will show when the property was last sold, how much it sold for, home much the buyer financed and details about the previous owners. Property tax record websites differ by area, and most of the time are maintained by the county.
Lastly, you can use the internet to check the permit history in the county you are looking to buy in. This will show you when things were updated or added on a home. If a buyer added a deck to their home or replaced a roof, these records will show you and are typically available to the public.
These five simple tips available to you online can help buying your new home an easier and more informed process.
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For more information call (210) 408-9107.