Tips for a Successful Online House Hunt

Finding your dream home is now easier thanks to the internet. But with millions of homes now available at your fingertips, it can still feel overwhelming. How do you do find the home that’s right for you? Before you stop looking before you actually start, we’re here to help. Check out these tips so you can efficiently and effectively use the internet to find your new home.

Identify your needs

There are a lot of homes available but not every home will fit your needs. Create a list of features your new home must-have; these are your non-negotiables and will guide your search. Knowing what you’re looking for will keep you from being overwhelmed by options.

Keep your options open

Using filters to narrow down your search is a smart idea but don’t feel you need to use all of them.  You may know you want a single-level 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with 16000 square feet between $200,000 and $275,000 but limiting your search results to homes that meet that criteria may reduce your options. Instead, choose one or two of your non-negotiables, like budget and bedrooms, and see what homes are available. You may uncover a gem you may have otherwise missed.

Stay updated

The internet is a helpful resource for finding your new home. There’s plenty of information available that’s easy to find and understand thanks to popular listing sites like, Zillow, Trulia, and  Whichever online listing site you use, make sure its regularly updated. There’s nothing worse than finding out the home you’re interested in is no longer available!

If you’re looking for new construction homes, it’s helpful to join the builder’s mailing list to receive updates on the communities and homes you’re interested in. They’re a good source to learn about grand openings, special promotions, and pricing updates.

View virtual tours and pictures

Most listings now include plenty of pictures and virtual tours so you can get an idea of how a home look. This is a great way to narrow down your options before visiting your shortlist of homes in person.

Visit in person

Once you’ve created a shortlist of homes you’re interested in, make an in-person appointment to tour each one. Even with virtual tours, nothing replaces walking the home in real life. This is your opportunity to explore the home and see if it is a good fit for your family. Come to the tour prepared with any questions you may have for each home and take note of your impressions and concerns.

Check out the neighborhood

Remember, you’re not just buying a home, you’re also buying into a neighborhood. If you’re unfamiliar with the neighborhood, do a deep dive to learn as much about the area as possible. Check Google Maps to see how close the home is to schools, shopping, parks, and other amenities. We also recommend driving around the area as well so you can get a better lay of the land.

Using the internet to find your new home is a great way to understand what’s available in your area and budget. SummerHill Homes has made finding your new home online simple. You can view our floorplans, virtual tours, schedule an appointment, and even get pre-approved all online! Visit us to learn more about our new home communities in the greater Bay Area and let us help you find your dream home.

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