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.

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