For some Massachusetts buyers, the prospect of viewing every property that could be a potential home can be daunting, if not downright impossible. Buyers with busy schedules, or those who are looking to purchase a home in a location a fair distance from their current residence, may find it difficult to attend a showing for every potential purchase. This is especially true in a real estate market where buyers often have to submit bids on several properties before being successful. As such, many people have questions about the do’s and don’ts of buying a house sight-unseen. Here are a few critical ones to consider:
- Do use technology to virtually “tour” the house: In the modern world, there are many ways to virtually get information about a house beyond just a simple listing. Virtual mockups, Zoom tours and even advanced 3D modeling of new builds can all be part of the buying experience.
- Don’t go it alone: Having a trusted real estate agent is a best practice for any homebuyer, but those who are purchasing a property without having seen it in person will particularly benefit from a trusting relationship with a real estate professional. In addition to a real estate agent, buyers can elicit support from neighbors, family or friends who may be able to help spot potential pitfalls.
- Do set boundaries: Homebuyers are often advised to have a list of deal-breakers when going into the buying process. Having clear boundaries in place about what is and isn’t acceptable can make it easier to target homes that are truly a fit even if one is not able to tour them in person.
Buying a new home can be intimidating in any circumstance. For those buying homes sight-unseen, especially in a hot real estate market, it can be a particularly challenging process. It is therefore of utmost importance to have trusted support on every level during this process, including the legal support provided by an experienced Massachusetts real estate attorney.