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Stay Focused S2 Ep21: How to House Hunt Remotely

Randal Engelmann & Erik Gould

We are Randal Engelmann and Erik Gould, partners in providing exceptional customer service.

Jul 31 4 minutes read

In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it's sometimes hard to know where to start. Now, imagine you are relocating to an entirely different region, choosing the right neighborhood and home can seem more daunting. Don't worry! This week, Erik and Randal share tips to house hunt if you are relocating. It's much more manageable if you take your long distance home search one small piece at a time. 


TRANSCRIPT:

Randal:

Welcome back to Stay Focused, our weekly video series. I'm Randal Engelmann. 

Erik:

And I'm Erik Gould.

Randal:

We're here to talk to you a little bit today on how a house-hunt remotely. Or do it from a distance. It's something that we see quite a bit.

Erik:

With all the technology out there today, the home buying process has changed a little bit, and the experience of home buying is becoming much more technical which is kind of a fun thing. 

Randal:

Yeah, it's really interesting to see all the changes in technology and really how it's available right on your phone. I mean everybody is going mobile.

Erik:

As buyers out there, you have access to so much more information and technology than you used to have. We're seeing more and more buyers from across the country coming and doing home buying and home shopping from long distance. We want to chat and give you some tips on how to buy a home from a long distance. Well, one of the first things you want to do is get to know your neighborhood. There's a lot of resources online to find out about the different neighborhoods and streets in this exact area.

Randal:

One thing that has been really interesting is first we have all of the resources online to get to know crime statistics, schools, all of that stuff, but gosh one of the most helpful things is Google Maps. Being able to walk up and down the streets. Just a couple years ago, we were shopping for houses in different places. You may not know the area; there was no Google Maps. Now you can kind of walk up and down the streets.

Erik:

You get street views; you get aerial views, all of that. Once you kind of zoom in on a neighborhood, ask your local realtor, who's an expert and someone you trust. Ask them for a referral.

Randal:

Yeah, have some eyes and ears on the ground. And somebody that really expertly knows that area. Then the next thing you do is once you identify the area that you really love, all of the technology that we have on our phones from FaceTime to Zoom to Skype and all those things, you can get those great walkthroughs with your agent. 

Erik:

And you can meet with them, have conferences with them, and they can walk you through properties virtually.

Randal:

You can give yourself your own little tour of the house. It's just short of being able to open closet doors and close them.

Erik:

There's a lot of great tools out there. Ask us if you have any questions. Also, know that we are your local experts here in Boston, but we are part of a great network of amazing real estate agents all over the country. Even if you're going to look elsewhere, we can help hook you up with the local real estate.

Randal:

Let us know. We can make a terrific referral for you to find somebody looking in the neighborhood that you're looking at.

Erik:

Hopefully, you find this helpful. We'll keep sharing some tips. Thanks for watching us here and don't forget to like us on Facebook. 

Randal:

And subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Both:

And Stay Tuned and Stay Focused.

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