Hi, can anyone comment on what are reasonable expections for home finding and closing trips for purchasing a home from out of state?

Asked by Btorresjr, Plano, TX Wed Aug 22, 2012

Assume prefers to move directly into the new home without first renting in the area. Assuming no familiarity with the area except for internet research. Assume one has narrowed down which neighborhoods they prefer.

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Bruce Lynn, Agent, Coppell, TX
Thu Aug 23, 2012
Everyone is different. Some people look at 2-3 homes and buy one same day. Some spend a year and look at 100 homes.
I think probably two trips are good. Spend a couple of days looking. Contract via docusign long distance. Go back 1-2 weeks later for the inspection.
You don't have to be there for closing you can always do that long distance. Technically you also don't have to be there for the inspection either, but might make many people more comfortable.

First trip see 10 homes on Saturday morning...9a-1pm. Go scout the neighborhoods on your own in the afternoon and evening. Maybe see 5-6 more on Sunday morning and a revisit to the one or two that you loved from Saturday.

You can do a lot of legwork on the internet now, see pictures, as perhaps you have done.

An alternative, depending on how are away you are and what kind of expenses you might have for flights, hotels, meals, etc. Contract first without seeing your favorite....then just go to the inspection. Schedule the inspection for Monday afternoon. Show up Saturday and see if you like the home in person, and to view alternatives.

Let us know if you need a great realtor in Cedar Park to take care of you.
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Don Groff, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Aug 22, 2012

It really depends on your expectations and how well you work with your agent to really narrow down what you are looking for. I have lived and worked in Cedar Park for almost 10 years now as a Realtor and Mortgage Broker. If you would like to discuss what you are looking for I would be happy to help you set up a search based on your specific criteria so you can weed out homes that are not going to be of interest.

Also, depending on your schedule I can preview some homes for you to give you an idea of if I think they will be of interest to you based on our conversations. The key is to make the most of your time while you are here.

I work with a lot of clients relocating to this area from all over the country. The key to success is my ability to listen so we can keep moving on the path to help you find a home in the shortest amount of time. In your case I would assume time is going to be in short supply so it is vital to make the most of it while you are in town.

Please feel free to call me to discuss your situation and what you are looking for. I would be happy to assist you find your home in the most efficient means possible.

Either way best of luck to you. Cedar Park is a wonderful place to call home.

Thank you,

Don Groff
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Austin Real…, Agent, Austin, TX
Wed Aug 22, 2012
I think the answer begins with how well the realtor listens to the buyer, and facilates discovery dialogue aimed and learning what is important to them about the home they select. With today's technology tools, sometimes it can be as efficient as 1 or 2 visits. The professional you hire should have expertise in the sub-market/s you are considering. Understanding community dynamics such as schools, major employers, transportation corridors, and even subtle differences within a given neighborhood that might affect value are important.
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Sara Scott R…, , Cedar Park, TX
Wed Aug 22, 2012

I have worked with a few buyers in similar situations recently. If you have already narrowed down to a few neighborhoods, you could probably complete everything, including closing, in two, maybe three trips.

Also, another option, instead of renting first, would be to stay in an extended stay hotel. Some of my clients decided that was the perfect solution for them.

Are you already working with an agent to give you a list of homes directly from the MLS? If not, I would be happy to help you. I can help you with new builder homes as well.

Happy House Hunting!

Sara Scott
Keller Williams Realty
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Wed Aug 22, 2012
I have worked with many families and investors world wide regarding their quest purchase a home here in DFW .

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2. Trip would be home search and knock it out in 2 -5 days have an inspection immediately ordered prior to departure
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Carla Pennin…, Agent, Georgetown, TX
Wed Aug 22, 2012
I'm assuming you mean how many trips a buyer should expect to make? I suppose it depends on how easily they find a new home. In my personal experience, we interviewed and toured neighborhoods our first trip, went again to actually look at homes, and our third trip was when we moved there. I wouldn't think there's a "reasonable" number. I would suggest that the answer is "however many trips the buyer needs to feel confident in their purchase."
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