Turning Heads: The 10 Most Effective Steps to Buy a House Sight Unseen

Welcome back! Over the previous blog posts, we got the chance to learn more about buying a house sight unseen straight from three different people as they shared their experiences. Now, learning from them, let’s take all those insights and form a list to guide you in your home-buying journey. 

Let's dive into the 10 essential steps I have outlined to master the art of sight-unseen homebuying. 

Step 1: Gain Crystal Clear Clarity + FOCUS!

Start your journey by gaining clarity and focus on your homebuying goals. Ask yourself five power questions to assess your readiness and commitment to buying a house sight unseen: 

  • What type of property do you want to buy?
  • What’s most important to you in your new home?
  • Will you have employment in your new state? Will you need to find a job? 
  • How long will you live in your new home? 
  • What’s the most important to you about the real estate agent you choose to work with? 

Take into consideration this expert guidance on how to approach this critical first step and set the stage for success. 

Step 2: Find the RIGHT Real Estate Agent for You!

Selecting the right real estate agent is crucial in your sight-unseen homebuying journey. Learn the three steps to verify that you have the right agent for you and gain confidence in their ability to represent your best interests throughout the process.

  • Research about the agent through their previous clients
  • Check if the agent has other platforms online
  • Look for their past sales performance

These tips will allow you to identify your possible agent’s performance, how they present themselves, and how they built a network through digital platforms that demonstrate their proficiency to assist you in buying a home.

Step 3: Get Your Financial House in Order!

Gain insights into the mortgage process early on to streamline your homebuying journey. We need to ensure your financial ducks are in a row and ready to go to pave the way for a seamless and successful home-buying experience. If you currently don’t have cash on hand just yet, that's ok.  Start a savings plan to ensure you'll have the funds needed as you move along in your home-buying process. 

These valuable tips and resources help you navigate the financial aspects of buying a house sight unseen and ensure a smooth transaction.

Step 4: Schedule a Gameplan Meeting with Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor

Schedule a buyer consultation with your real estate advisor to map out a game plan tailored to your needs and preferences. Your consultation, as discussed in our previous blog post, may be done virtually and online. Say, for instance, through Facebook Messenger. 

Here are nine powerful home-buying resources that work in most areas of the USA: 

  • School ratings
  • Crime Maps
  • Sex Offenders
  • Cost of Living Calculator
  • Walkability Map
  • Soundscore
  • Internet Speeds
  • Demographics
  • Commute

Step 5: Identify the Methods You'll Use to Find Your New Home

Explore different methods to find your new home sight unseen, including online listings, virtual tours, and remote communication with your real estate agent. 

Let’s highlight four common communication methods to buy a house and help you choose the one that best fits your needs: 

  • Videocalls 
  • Phone calls
  • Email correspondence
  • Personal preference
Step 6: Write Down Your Questions BEFORE Your Home Tour

Prepare for your home tour by writing down your questions in advance. Pro tip: screen record your first walkthrough for later review and provide three questions to jumpstart your home-buying success.

Step 7: Making an Offer Sight Unseen

Evaluate the pros and cons of making an offer sight unseen and consider important factors when learning how to make an offer on a house

I’d like to emphasize that you should avoid SOS, or Shiny Object Syndrome. Of course, SOS happens to all of us, but know how to avoid it and maintaining a good communication with your realtor will help you overcome impulse decisions. 

Making an offer on a property is like proposing, you have to be committed and be able to make a well-informed decision that is right for you for the reasons important to you.

Step 8: The Closing Process

Gain an understanding of the closing process and what to expect as you approach the final stages of your homebuying journey. Your best interest is always a priority. 

Step 9: Coordinate with Your Real Estate Agent, Lender, and Title Company

Coordinate with your real estate agent, lender, and title company to finalize the closing details and schedule a mobile notary to sign your closing documents. Just two quick reminders as you prepare to close on your new home: 1) get to know your realtor; and 2) get with usps.gov to process your change of address.

Step 10: Closing Day!

Celebrate closing day as you officially become the owner of your new home. Remember to leverage on these insider tips and resources to make informed decisions and achieve your homeownership dreams.

Stay tuned for the next installment of the blog series, where we'll continue to explore innovative strategies and insights to empower homebuyers everywhere.

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