Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers


Look Before You Leap

Posted in Due Diligence,House Hunting,What do I Buy? by Jeff Dowler on July 23, 2007

I am a strong advocate of using the Internet to your advantage. I use it myself a great deal for conducting research on products, services and of course in my real estate business. I suspect many of you do as well.

In the “old days” buyers did not have much opportunity to research properties other than to simply drive around. When they wanted t o see things they HAD to use an agent, since agents had access to the MLS books and everything buyers might want to know about the homes for sale – agents were in control. Sure, you could go to open houses, but the only way to see what was on the market was to go looking with an agent.

Today is different. You have an opportunity to view an amazing quantity of information and see just about any listing (in multiple sites), inside and out, before you even set foot outside your door to start looking.

If you are NOT taking advantage of the ability to do substantial research before you start looking at homes, you are doing yourself a disservice. It’s critical that you be prepared, in this complex market, so you can make the right decisions. It takes times, but it is time well spent. Look before you leap and do your research. And don’t hesitate to ask for help and suggestions, especially if things don’t make sense, or your research raises other questions.

Good luck. If I can help in any way, just ask!

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