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Online House Hunting Tips

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your home search, but it should not be your end-all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye.

To make the most of your time and efforts and to 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 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, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.

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. Rarely do listings contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.

3.  See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to see the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of. 

Looking to buy or sell real estate in Colorado?  Whether upsizing, downsizing or anything in between we can help YOU!  Please contact us at 719.430.4440 for more information.

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