The wealth of information available online allows you to browse hundreds of real estate listings in the Georgian Bay area at the click of a button. While this can be a valuable way to approach the home search, it is easy to quickly become bogged down by how many real estate listings are out there. To find listings that might actually turn into a purchase, we recommend the following:
- Identify deal-breakers—Obviously, it is a good idea to come up with a “must-have” list for your new home. However, you should take things a step further and write down features that would keep you from buying a house altogether, such as a home that is located in the wrong school district or one that could use some major renovation work before it is your dream home.
- Take a second look—As you browse real estate listings, it is easy to become enamored with tons of listings just by glancing over their pictures and basic features. After you flag several you are interested in, go back through them and really do your research on what they have to offer and if they would be a good fit for your family.
- Read between the lines—Be wary of different phrases that might be misleading as you look at listings online. For example, if a listing says the house is “centrally located,” it could really mean that it backs right up to a busy interstate. Or, a listing that says the house offers “convenient access to shopping” might actually mean that there is constantly loud traffic.