In our increasingly virtual world, an ever-growing number of buyers are willing to do what once seemed impossible (or at least unusual): purchase a home without first seeing it in person. The practice of buying sight unseen can be an option even for the most discerning buyers, but there are a few factors to keep in mind if you decide to explore this route. If you’re thinking about purchasing a home without making the drive or catching a flight to check it out, I have some tips to help you navigate the process:
Work With an Agent You Trust
My number one piece of advice when starting the homebuying process is to find an agent you trust. This goes for any type of transaction, whether you plan to buy sight unseen or attend several showings in person. Experience is essential. You’ll want to work with an agent who has successfully navigated this type of deal before. You’ll want someone who’s intimately familiar with the area you’re looking to purchase in and who’s dedicated to helping you throughout every step of the process. Buying a home from out-of-town or out-of-state is a big commitment and you’ll feel much better if you have a realtor who will keep you informed.
Although seeing homes in person is the most common way to buy, technology has bridged the gap and opened the door for buyers no matter where they’re located. 3D walkthroughs are nearly ubiquitous now, which is the next best thing to an in-person tour. TikTok is also changing the way we buy and sell real estate and viewing homes this way can help you get a better feel for the properties you’re interested in. Of course, you can always rely on FaceTime or other types of video calls to take a look at your potential purchase with your realtor.
Set Realistic Expectations
While technology and an experienced real estate agent on your side can boost your chances of loving the property you end up buying, it’s important to set realistic expectations. There’s a lot that you can do to ensure you’re satisfied with the home you’re about to purchase, but buying sight unseen comes with some degree of risk. For example, it can be challenging to gauge factors like road noise or sun exposure when you forego the chance to physically visit the home. If you’re concerned about details like road noise or lighting, be extra diligent about checking in with your realtor and exploring every facet of the property.
Buying a home without seeing it in person isn’t as unusual as it used to be. In fact, it’s becoming much more commonplace as technology improves and buyers become more comfortable with the idea. If you’re interested in purchasing a home in Boulder, it’s possible to enjoy a smooth process without physically touring the property. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about buying a home here in Boulder.