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Hot Tips for Researching Washington DC Homes Online

Have you ever been disappointed by an online purchase? There are important things to consider when researching for your dream home online. The adage “Buyer Beware” is best remembered when looking at online listings, as you never know what you’re viewing on the internet until you see it in person. Reviewing listings online is a great way to begin searching for a home but shouldn’t be the only thing you rely on. Keep the following tips in mind as you surf the web for properties.

Stay Current with Home Listings

You want to see current home listings in your research, don’t you? Make sure the website you’re using is up to date. Not all listing websites are the same. Every 15 minutes realtor.com, gathers new listings from MLS (Multiple Listing Service), which is the main service Realtors® use to post listings throughout the nation. Watch out for websites which aren’t connected with MLS and may be inaccurate. You don’t want to get your hopes up on a property you find online, only to discover it’s no longer on the market.

Beyond Realtor.com, your agent can get you access to listings through their private search platform connected directly to the MLS database. Doing so will provide you with the most current information on a listing, and you can also filter your search parameters. Using direct MLS listings gives you the most accurate and detailed information on a property. Email us at [email protected] to request a property search which fits your specific needs.

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

Pictures can be deceiving, purposefully or not. The photo example here of the gorgeous house with the beautiful purple-colored sunset looks a bit unnatural, doesn’t it? Photos can be edited to make a specific aspect stand out or taken to hide unwanted problems. Only the best possible angles, and features will be shown, while cracks in the walls or water damage will not. Read the details of the listing and view it in person before falling in love with it. These details can tell you when the house was built and how long the property has been on the market. After you’ve reviewed a listing and it looks promising, show it to your Realtor® to set up a viewing.

Your Agent Knows Best

When all is said and done, your Realtor® knows the market best. They have local knowledge about the area and can decipher hidden problems in online listings. Not only can they tell you about a house, but they can tell you about the neighborhood too. They can tell you about local schools, shopping and entertainment as well. These details help show when a property is a great buy. So, don’t forget to mention properties you find to your Realtor®. It can save you a lot of time and lessen the hassle of seeing homes which don’t meet your needs.

Do you want to investigate a home listing you’ve found? Check out this article by Houselogic. It has links to crime reports, local schools, and more. Don’t forget, if you need assistance reviewing online listings or putting your home up for sale, call the Realtors® who love where they live and understand the local real estate market through experience. ADMC Realty Group is pleased to serve the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. We’re here for you from start to finish. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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