How Do I Narrow My Online Home Search?

Many potential homebuyers start their search online.  While there is nothing wrong with this approach, you may find that the search quickly gets out of control and becomes overwhelming.  As your premier agent specializing in the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, I would like to share the following ways on how you can narrow your online search and find your perfect home.

Get Pre-Approved

Perhaps the biggest mistake that homebuyers make is that they start their online search without any parameters and quickly tire of looking at an endless amount of properties.  Before seriously looking at homes online, go to a few banks and mortgage brokers and see how much you will be pre-approved for.  Once you have a dollar figure, you will have an excellent starting point to start your online search.

Here’s the Deal:

Don’t be afraid to look just outside your maximum price range as you may be able to negotiate with the seller and settle on a price that is indeed within your budget.   

What do you want?

The next step to further narrow your online home search is to brainstorm all the features that you want in your home and order them from most important to least important.  Some of the features you may want to include in your search are:

  • The number of bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • A rough idea of square footage.
  • Neighbourhood features such as traffic in the area, the crime rate, any ongoing developments or future developments in the area.
  • Proximity to schools, community centres, and distance to your work.
  • Walkability score and distance to grocery stores, shopping centres etc.

Be sure to include all the important features, as you are going to be spending a lot of time and money in your home, so you want to find the right one for you.

Get an Agent

Once you have narrowed your list down to the homes that are right for you, it is time to contact a real estate agent.  The right agent will be able to help you line up showings and perhaps even show you homes that you may have missed.  Your real estate agent will also help you negotiate a final price and complete the arduous paperwork that is included when buying a home. 

An online home search is a great first step in finding your dream home.  If you have any questions about searching for homes online or are interested in viewing some of the new and exciting properties that are available on the Springfarm Yorkhill real estate market, please contact me today.  I look forward to helping you find your perfect home.