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Looking for a home during Covid19, things to consider...

Hi all,

I read an interesting article I read from Realtor.com about how some agents are trying to cover up flaws in their listings in the photography. Here are some tips to help you see with your eyes wide open. Previewing homes to buy through video alone is a challenge, but it doesn't have to be as long as you know what to watch out for.

Learn how to read an online listing and find out what it's hiding

"My advice to buyers is to parse listing photos to determine whether something is a good enough candidate to consider a more in-depth tour," says Kate Ziegler, a real estate professional with Arborview Realty in Boston.

An agent will help you get into the nitty-gritty of an online listing. But here are some red flags to look for as you click through pictures that may not always show the true details of a property:

  • Are there more photos of the exterior than the interior? The inside might need work.
  • Closed curtains and blinds in a photo are usually hiding a bad view.
  • If a picture of a bathroom focuses on a sink, it can mean the bathroom is painfully small.
  • If photos look stretched out, the seller or agent is trying to make a room appear bigger.
  • Some listing terms are red flags as well. A "fixer-upper" can mean a great investment or a money pit, and "cozy" generally means the home is small.

Seller disclosures reveal a lot.

Drive around the neighborhood at different times of the day.

Hope this helps, have  a great day!


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