Buying real estate in Omaha and Council Bluffs is already a complicated and sometimes lengthy process. Buying real estate from out of state presents even more challenges. Distance, logistics, time constraints, getting to know the city and communities and extra expenses all play a part in making it more difficult than buying locally. Still, it doesn’t have to as difficult as it is for many people when buying real estate in Omaha or Council Bluffs form out of town. To help you out, then, here are tips for people buying Council Bluffs or Omaha real estate from out of state.
Do Plenty of Research
The first thing everyone should do when buying Council Bluffs or Omaha real estate from out of state is research – lots of it. You will, of course, want to lean on the professional local Omaha and Council Bluffs real estate agent for expertise, but you should also do your own online research.
Finding out as much about the market and prices and available real estate will save you both time and money. “Be your own advocate,” experts advise. “Fire up Google and see what you can learn – and give yourself as much lead time as possible.
Look Out for Scams
You also need to be aware that buying Omaha and Council Bluffs real estate from out of state makes you more vulnerable to scams.”You have to be sure the person is actually real, that the home is real . . . It’s so easy to put something fake online.”
Here’s one of the common scams you need to look out for. Someone creates a listing for a property that isn’t really for sale, using stolen photos and advertising it at a too-good-to-be-true price. When you respond to the listing, a fake bidding war ensues, which makes you even more interested. Then when you send (usually by wire) your earnest money, the scammer takes off with your money and disappears.
Ask Lots of Questions
Just as you need to do plenty of research, you also need to ask a lot of questions when buying Council Bluffs or Omaha real estate from out of state. Even if you think they are “dumb” questions, ask anyway. It’s your money at stake here.
The things you should ask about include the amount of required earnest money and when the inspection is required. These can vary from state to state. Also, if anything seems amiss or sets off warning bells, ask about it.
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Try to Be Present for the Inspection
Certainly, when you’re out of state, you won’t be able to be present at all stages of the transaction proceedings. But you should try to be present for the inspection.
Here’s why, according to industry pros: “Pictures on the inspection report are great, but if you can be there in person, you can really understand the issues . . . Plus, most inspectors are happy to teach new homeowners about regular maintenance they should be doing and show them small things that won’t affect that sale but should be fixed. They can teach you things you might not know about your home otherwise.”
Use Video Tours
You should also leverage video tours for buying Council Bluffs real estate from out of state. You won’t be able to visit many (or any) of the properties in the early stages of your research and search. You can, however, easily take virtual tours of the properties from the comfort of your living room.
Many local Council Bluffs and Omaha real estate agents today create video tours so that you can conveniently experience living in a prospective home. Video tours “are huge time savers and they let you easily see if the house is right for you. Plus, you can get the local Omaha and Council Bluffs real estate agent’s input as they walk through the property. Then you and your local Council Bluffs and Omaha realtor can talk about the home on a more intimate level.”
Set a Day to View Houses
There will come a time, after the initial stages of your search, when you’ll want to view potential properties in person. To make the most of your time and travel expense, try to arrange to view several properties on one day. Work with your Omaha and Council Bluffs real estate agent to schedule back-to-back showings for efficient use of your time.
Again, this is why all the preliminary research and question-asking are so important. It will help you use your time more efficiently and effectively –especially if you have to pay for a plane ticket and take off work.
Choose Your Local Council Bluffs and Omaha Real Estate Agent Carefully
Maybe the most important of our tips for people buying Council Bluffs and Omaha real estate from out of state is this one. Choose your professional local Council Bluffs and Omaha real estate agent wisely and carefully. “You need to rely on your agent to be your eyes and ears. So it’s imperative to find someone you trust to have your best interests at heart. . . You need to know that your local Omaha and Council Bluffs realtor is listening, that they understand your specific real estate needs.”
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