How do I Narrow my Online Home Search?

In today’s real estate market, most homebuyers, when looking for a property start their search online.  This can not only be time consuming, in most cases, any potential homebuyer tends to fall in love with house after house only to find out that they are not the right home for them for a multitude of reasons.  As your premier real estate agent specializing in Brea properties, I would like to share the following ways to narrow your online home search and find your dream home.

Know your Budget

The worst thing to do is to look at homes online without knowing your budget.  Of course, you are going to find a huge inventory of dream homes that are unattainable because of their astronomical price range.  The most realistic and best use of your time is to visit banks or lenders to see how much you will be pre-approved for – this is a great first step.  You can then enter these figures into your search and get a better picture of what is available in your price range.

Here’s the Deal:

Do not be afraid to look just outside your price range as you may be able to negotiate a better deal than the original asking price.

Start a List

Not every home in your price range is going to be right for you.  After you have narrowed your search by price, try narrowing your search even further by making a list of the features that you must have in your dream home.  These features should include:

  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • A rough idea of square footage.
  • Neighborhood features and proximity to schools, your work etc.
  • Traffic in your area as well as any future developments.

It is a good idea to look hard at the areas you are willing to compromise and areas that are just plain deal breakers.  Remember, you will be spending a lot of money and time in your new home, so be sure that you have included all the features that will make that home perfect for you.

Contact the Right Agent

After you have further narrowed your search and have a few places in mind, it is time to contact a real estate agent.  The right agent will bring ideas to your home hunting experience that you may have overlooked or not even considered.  They will be able to arrange private showings and may point you in directions that you were not even aware of.  Your real estate agent will also help you negotiate a final sale price and take care of all the arduous paperwork, so that you can focus on packing and moving in.

In today’s real estate market, starting your property search online is a great first step.  If you would like help with understanding how to narrow your online home search or would like to see some of the exciting properties that are available in and around the Brea area, please contact me today.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.




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