House hunting can be an adventure or a chore. It all depends on how you look at it. At York Real Estate, we prefer to think of it as an adventure. There are so many choices available on the market today, that you can find special amenities and great prices. The more choices you have, the more likely you are to find the ideal Austin home. Here are a few different ways to house hunt. When you combine a few different methods that work best for you, they can make house hunting a more enjoyable experience.
Real Estate Agent Tips
Ask your Austin real estate agent for anything new and hot in your price range that has recently come to their attention. It might be a brand new offering that hasn’t hit all of the listings yet, or it may be a little gem that has had little exposure. We also like to keep our fingers on the pulse of what is happening with some of the properties that have been listed for a while. From time to time, prices are reduced and renovations are made that make these properties more desirable. If we hear anything, we will be sure to let you know.
Magazines and Newspapers
There are a number of print advertisements in the Austin area that are updated regularly. Many of them have photos of at least the home’s exterior. These listings can help you narrow down what is available. When you see something of interest in a magazine, you may be able to pull it up on the Internet for a more detailed view.
One of the most popular ways to tour homes for sale in Austin, Texas is to take a virtual tour. These computerized versions of a walking tour inside the home give a pretty realistic view of what it really looks like. The depth perception may be a little askew in some places, and in others it may be difficult to figure out how one room connects to the next. For the most part, however, virtual tours give a pretty realistic idea of what the home’s interior looks like. It will at least give you an idea of whether or not you want to see it in person.
The most traditional means of house hunting is driving around. It is also the most fun. Set aside an afternoon or, if you are from out of town, even a whole weekend. Start out with a few prospects on the list and map out a route. As you go through these neighborhoods, don’t be shy about looking for For Sale signs posted in yards. Follow the signs. Bring an Austin map, some listings and magazines with you to help you find any homes that look interesting. They might not be in your price range, or they might look more intriguing in person than they do in print. If you are new to the area, be sure to ask your York Real Estate agent for assistance. We would be happy to give you a tour.