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Buying a Home in the Internet Age

Feb 6, 2008
Are you in the market to buy a new home? Well, even if you've decided to entertain the notion at 3:30 am on a Tuesday in San Diego, you can start to do your research online and view homes around the corner or around the world. Technology has revolutionized the real estate market for the modern home buyer.

So, you want to start looking for a new home. Look no further than your computer! Simply open up a search engine and look for listing from your favorite realtor. You can often search by price and city. When you see a home you like, you can often take a virtual online tour, which consists of a series of photos of both the interior and exterior of the home.

Think of the hassles you avoid with this process! Before the advent of such technology, you would have to physically get in your car and drive from house to house, perhaps using the newspaper or a home buyer's guide to find addresses of interest. Then, you'd have to hope for an open house or call a realtor to set up an appointment to view the house's interior. Talk about a time-consuming hassle!

Today, you can see the property, its list price and many other details with a simple click of a finger. You can learn many other valuable facts, as well. Research the history of the realtor you intend to work with. Are they reputable? What do their past clients have to say about them? What are their affiliations and areas of expertise? There are many realtors to choose from, and it's in your best interest to find the one that matches best with your needs.

Perhaps you don't want to sift through endless amounts of homes online. Pick a realtor instead! Learn about them online, and then contact them about finding the perfect house to fit your needs. Once you have learned about their reputation and experience online, send them out to hand select listings for you to view in person based on the features you desire.

Another great benefit of shopping for a home online is the availability of resources to research. Learn about the school systems, property taxes and crime statistics in the neighborhoods you're considering. Find out what restaurants, grocery stores and movie theaters are in the area. You can even use Google Earth to try and figure out what kind of car your prospective neighbor drives!

It's wise to educate yourself on the different types of mortgages available. Learn how to boost your credit score to qualify for the best rates available. Read about closing process before you sit down to sign papers. Decide ahead of time whether or not you want to go with points or take a lower rate. Best of all, you will feel more comfortable with the whole process by reading about what will happen ahead of time. Technology has truly revolutionized the home buying process, so put it to work for you!
About the Author
Kari Shea, of Shea Real Estate & Investment Group, is an accomplished business professional and community leader in the San Diego, California area. With more than 45 years of collective sales, marketing and consulting experience; the Group are master negotiators in the marketing and selling of real properties. Learn more about their services at: www.shea-realestate.com.
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