If you're looking to purchase a home in the near future, then you'll probably be spending a fair amount of time reading through online property listings in the coming weeks and months. After all, property listings can be a great way to check out homes for sale without the commitment of scheduling a showing or visiting in-person. As you scour online listings, however, there are some things to look out for that could tell you a lot more about the home than you realize.
Photos of the Inside of the Home
One of the most important things to look at when browsing a property listing is the range of photos included. Ideally, you should see plenty of photos not just of the outside of the home or of the local neighborhood, but of the home's interior as well. A lack of interior photos could indicate that the home needs a lot of work on the inside, which may not be ideal if you do not want to take on a fixer-upper.
Phrasing and Language Used
As you read through the actual written portion of a property listing, there are some specific phrasing and language choices to watch for as well. Often, for example, listing agents will use words like "cozy" to reflect a home that is small in size. Likewise, phrases like "great investment opportunity" indicate that the home needs a fair amount of work and may not be ideal for those looking to buy a turn-key property.
Polished, Typo-Free Writing
While it may not seem like a huge deal (after all, typos happen), you should be wary of listings that have a lot of grammatical errors or obvious typos. Lots of typos show that the listing agent who wrote the description didn't care enough about the listing to proofread before posting. The same goes for excessive grammatical errors. Likewise, if the listing was written by the seller him or herself, a lack of investment in the listing could indicate that they don't care much about the home.
"As-Is" or Similar Wording
When a home is listed for sale "as-is," or the phrasing indicates that a home inspection will not be allowed, this is a red flag that you should take very seriously, as it's pretty much guaranteed that there are problems with the home that you will need to have repaired. Hopefully, the price of the home at least reflects this.Share
29 April 2018
I have always been someone who is passionate about making the world around me more beautiful, which is probably why I was drawn to real estate initially. I really wanted to create a place where me and my family could spend a lot of time together in a peaceful, relaxing place, so I started looking for places in my area that were fit for the job. Within a few months, I was able to find an incredible property that was within my price range, so I purchased it as soon as possible. This blog is all about choosing beautiful real estate.