Q: What’s the Best Way to Buy Sight Unseen?

Need to buy sight unseen? Thank goodness we’re in the digital age!

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In Tampa Bay, we almost always see a surge of people coming down in the summer, but this summer we’ll likely see even more people who want to move here to enjoy the affordability, low taxes, and the absence of a state income tax—not to mention to get out of their crowded city apartments after months of lockdown. So, if you’re moving out of state in today’s market, how do you buy a home sight unseen? In recent months, more people than ever have been doing this out of an abundance of caution amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Buying sight unseen isn’t new, especially here in Florida where there are a lot of investors and folks buying vacation homes. Doing it effectively, however, requires some extra awareness.

Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct you to various points in the video. Feel free to watch the full message, or use these timestamps to skip to topics that interest you most:

1:16 — The importance of working with an agent that truly understands your needs

2:10 — You don’t have to be physically present at the closing table

3:26 — Do as much digital research on the area (and the agent who will help you move there) as possible

4:34 — Don’t give up a property that’s poorly listed; ask your agent to fill in the gaps

5:20 — Wrapping things up

As always, if you have questions about anything that was discussed in this video or real estate in general, you know who to call or email! We’re available to address your concerns and listen to your unique home buying or selling situation. Don’t forget to follow us on social media as well! Have an awesome day.

How to Prep Your Home Amid COVID-19

Today I want to share a few tips on how to prep your home for sale in the era of social distancing.

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If you’re thinking of selling your home this year, here are a few tips to help you prepare during COVID-19:

1. Cleanliness. Statistics show that the longer a buyer stays in the home, the more likely they are to buy it. If you want them to spend enough time to form an attachment to your listing, make sure it’s clean so they feel comfortable lingering. That includes giving it a nice, inviting scent, too. In addition, it’ll be a good idea to have hand sanitizer placed strategically around the house for buyers who come through, and to also provide masks for anyone who forgets or neglects to bring one.

      We have a plan for sellers who request special accommodations during this time.

2. Unique features. If your home has any extra-special features that would stand out given the times we’re living in, like a particular kind of air-filtration system, be sure to highlight it. Explain the feature to your agent and have them help you accentuate it.

3. Find an agent with a plan in place. We definitely have a plan for sellers who request special accommodations during this time. Make sure the agent you hire has a plan in place to require certain things, like buyers wearing a mask in your home and possibly even gloves and those booties that go over shoes.

If you’re a seller who doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of listing due to COVID-19, we can help you with our Instant Cash Offer program, where we’ll give you a cash offer for your home and buy it immediately.

You can learn more about how we help our sellers on our website. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.