Narrow Your Search: How Technology Cuts Down On The Time It Takes To Find A Home

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Finding a home seems like a never-ending process if you are trying to look for one the old-fashioned way. By "old-fashioned," it means that you are looking at endless listings online without really knowing what you want and hoping you just happen upon something you like. Skip that; use new technological tools to narrow your search and find your new home faster. Here are some of the tools you should be using, home-finder!

Refining Search Results by Requesting Specifics

Some real estate search engines allow you to narrow your search by price and zip code. If you do not know the zip code of the area where you want to live, it will generate houses that fit the price you want to pay. Additional criteria can be selected when you choose "refine search." It will take you to a new screen where you can select the number of bedrooms you want, the square footage, the number of bathrooms, finished versus unfinished basement, attached versus detached garage or no garage, and proximity to schools. Some sites provide an extensive list of refining criteria to choose, which will really narrow down your search. 

The Digital "Circle" Tool

This latest bit of technology is not only being used by real estate agencies, but also by fencing contractors and construction contractors for small projects. It connects you to a site that shows you a satellite image of an area. You use the "circling" tool to draw a ring or square or whatever around the area where you want to find a home for sale. When you do not know the zip code of that area or that city, this tool not only helps you locate houses for sale, but also provides you with the zip code information that you can use on other search engine sites. 

The Satellite Imaging Tool at Street Level

A satellite image often gives you a view of the house from above. A map will give you an image of where the house is located in relation to other homes and buildings. The listing will show you views of the home as seen from the curb, but it does not show you anything else about the neighborhood itself. If you want to see more of the neighborhood, you can use a "street view, satellite mode" tool to look up a house, then see it at the street level and everything else up and down the street.

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30 June 2019

Sarah's Renting Tips

Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.