5 Helpful Tips to Buy a Home in the Age of the Internet

5 Helpful Tips to Buy a Home in the Age of the Internet

 Buying a home can be an overwhelming process, and trying to cipher through the amount of information about the home buying process on the internet can be the hardest part. However, don’t let the endless amount of information overwhelm you! The internet is an incredible source to get you through buying your first, third, or tenth home. It is continually updated in order to help you through the process. Here is a great list of ways to utilize the internet to your advantage when buying a home by Andrew Fortune: “Local Neighborhood Info One of the most important aspects of buying a home is understanding the neighborhoods and areas in which you are interested. Using the internet to learn more about the areas you’re considering can help narrow down the neighborhoods that work best for your needs. Many neighborhoods with homeowners associations now post their bylaws, covenants and restrictions online. You can find all kinds of valuable info in these documents, and even the fiscal health of the association. Simply do a quick Google search of the neighborhoods in which you are interested to find out more about them. Step-By-Step Guides How-tos on getting a mortgage, finding a real estate agent and making an offer are all right at a homebuyer’s fingertips online. Even if you have previously bought and sold a few homes, it’s still nice to know that this information is online, in case you need a quick refresher course. But note that the process of buying a home can vary slightly based on different regions of the country. Be sure to find resources that are specific to the area in which you are looking for a home. Finding Professional Services Most homebuyers will need the services of real estate professionals to get the job done. Realtors, mortgage lenders, title companies, home inspectors and appraisers are all a part of the process. The internet is a great resource to research and find the right professional that fits your needs. Property Tax Records Tax records can show when a property was last sold, how much it sold for, how much the buyer financed and details about the previous owners. This information can be valuable for many different reasons. Property tax record websites differ by area – many times they are maintained by the county. If your county has a property tax website, this can be a great resource to find data about certain homes online. Permit History Most counties have some sort of regulation on building and construction permits. It’s likely that this information is available online and available to the public. If so, you can learn a lot about a property based on this information. Homebuyers can check to see when the water heater...

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