When searching for your dream house a lot of emphasis is typically placed on the location, size, and style of the house; ensuring everything you desire is perfectly in place.  When buying a home you can’t let your emotions cloud your sense of reason.  You need to carefully examine all factors closely and perform the due diligence necessary to ensure you are making the right decision.

Read Through Recent Newspapers and Archived Articles:

Local news papers and other publications are a great resource for the most current information.  Archived news articles on the other hand may alert you to past issues or on going controversy in the area.  A little extra time spent reading will pay off in a long run when compiling your pros and cons list.

Talk To The neighbors:

The residents of the neighborhood are the best source of first hand information.  Getting a feel for the neighborhood’s demographic will help determine if it is the correct environment for your family. Confirm there is a neighborhood association or alternative platform to discuss the welfare of the neighborhood.

Get Details On Recent Home Improvements:

Home inspections will provide you with information on where improvements may be needed.  Determining the quality of the improvements that have already been completed is also important.  Ask to review receipts from previous renovations to help gauge the quality of the materials used and the longevity of the improvement.  For example, if the house was painted a year ago, and the receipt reveals a lesser quality paint was used, you can expect to re-paint in a year or so.

Review Tax Records:

A review of the past and present real estate tax records will provide you with a better understanding of the area’s tax rate, and property evaluation.  It’s good to know how regularly homes are evaluated and how often property taxes are increased.

There is so much to consider when buying a home.  Be certain to take all factors into consideration when making your decision.

There are currently over 900 million people on Facebook with 526 million daily active users. So why not advertise where people are? It only makes sense to get the maximum exposure when you are trying to sell your home.

Facebook makes this possible in a way that is unique to online marketing and you should expect from your real estate professional that Facebook is part of the marketing plan. Real estate has always been something that online consumers search for from the comfort of their home and now mobile device.

There is a shift in our society to communicating and searching for information online, traditional advertising models may not be as effective as they were in past. Facebook offers the ability to target an audience like never before and the opportunity for your message to go viral or across the internet.

Here are a few questions to ask when looking at hiring a real estate professional when it comes to Facebook.

1. Do they have a Facebook business page?

2. What does it look like? Is it professionally designed? The way they market is a reflection of how your home will be marketed.

3. Does the Facebook page have a property search?

4. Does the Facebook business page have a way to capture the lead or inquiry?

5. Will your home be promoted on Facebook with photos, and written descriptions?

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