What's the best way to select homes to tour?

There are many homes in the market right now and they come in all different styles and designs. Not one of them is the same. You’ve got the choice of single family, condo, townhome, lakefront, acreage, luxury. You can choose traditional, new construction, foreclosed, or short sale. In other words - you’ve got options.

What’s most important is that you choose a home that compliments your lifestyle and your income.

To narrow down your home search:

  • Set a price limit.
  • Determine a desired location.
  • Consider how many bedrooms, bathrooms and square feet you need.
  • Decide which amenities are “must-haves” versus “like-to-haves”.  (hardwood floors, fireplace, deck, updated kitchen, walk-in closet, garage, basement, etc.)
  • Think about yard size and landscaping. (mature yard vs. young yard, or villa style living with no exterior maintenance)

Once your list is made, talk to your RE/MAX agent for additional advice or details, and ask them to set up a search directly from your MLS (multiple listing service). There are numerous websites that feed information and you want to be sure the properties you are viewing on line are really for sale today.

As you view photos, bear in mind that some homes don’t look nearly as good in pictures as they do in person. The reverse is also true: some homes look GREAT in pictures and leave you disappointed when you get there. Be sure you drive out to see your favorites, too. Before you spend yours and the seller’s time with an interior tour, what’s the condition of the neighboring homes? Can you see yourself living here?

Now you are ready to set up showings with your agent. Don’t drag your feet if you really like one. Someone else might like it just as much as you, and it may be gone tomorrow!

(Copy paraphrased from RE/MAX flyer Smart Buyer)