Making the decision to move to another state probably didn't come easy. Whether you're moving for a job, to get closer to family, or just for a change of pace, finding the home that you'll move into while you're states away can be a real struggle because it's harder to get a feel for the homes and the neighborhoods. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you find the perfect home without having to travel states away to look at the market.
Hire a Realtor
Since you're not actually in the town where you'll be buying the house, you're going to want to work with someone that is located there. Hiring a real estate agent that works in that area will do two things for you – provide you with access to the newest listings in the area and provide you with a means of communicating with the potential sellers.
Utilize the 360 Degree Tours
Shopping for a home states away these days is much easier than it was in years past. These days, you can take a virtual tour of the entire property, and then, you can get on Google Maps and take a virtual road-ride around the neighborhood.
As you watch the 360 degree tours, keep in mind that the spaces are prone to looking much larger than they really are. This is because a curved lens is sometimes used to capture the image. Compare the still shots with the virtual tour pictures, and then, read the measurements for each space.
Community Facebook Groups
Another way to get a clear picture of the community that you're considering moving into is to take some time to search for the community groups on Facebook. These groups are compiled of the people that live in the area. Some of these groups are strictly for selling items while others are just community news boards – but both will give you a good idea of the type of people and the events that go on in the area.
If you want to get a good idea of the crime rate in the area, go online and look up the local newspaper. You'll be able to learn a lot about a town just by reading through Contact realtor services in the town where you're considering moving. They will help you get started finding the house that you'll make into your new home.