Since market conditions can change very quickly, the sooner you enter the process, the better prepared you’ll be when market conditions fall into place for you and your home.
Home Buyers that search for homes longer than 60-90 days are probably either not with the right Home Buyer Team or slowly taking their time, looking purposely for specific areas or amenities.
Searching for Homes for Sale Online and On Mobile
The Best Way to Search Homes for Sale Online is to get direct access to the MLS from your Real Estate Agent. Most easily accessible and current Real Estate Agents will have online and mobile resources that they provide or suggest to make your search more accurate and increase the learning curve for finding sweet spot in your searching.
Stalking the Neighborhood
I know it sounds bad, but stalking the neighborhoods is the best way to really get the flavor of a community. Drive by during the day, in the afternoon, in the evening (listen for garage bands!). Do business in the community. Go to the grocery, clothing and entertainment spots in the community .
You also have the right to go to the Police Station (or online) and request a record of crime reports of the community over a period of time. This will tell you about calls to the Police and occurrences that happened over this time period, in that community. That’s valuable information.
You can request this same report from the local Fire Department, as well.
Visit the County Courthouse
It’s ok for you to visit the County planner and building department to see if any construction or major projects are being considered for your community. You would want to know if a public park or major super store is opening next door in the next few years. This is free research that only requires your time.