Self Searching online in the Boulder Area is a great place to start when you are thinking of buying a home! Whether you are interested in buying a home soon or are in the “dream” stage and it is simply a goal for the future, online searching on your own is fun and can be a nice way to get a feel for what’s out there. You can get to know what you like in a home and what you don’t care about. You can also see how many homes might be on the market and at what price points. These are helpful starting points for when you eventually contact a real estate agent.

What are some Credible Sites While Self Searching Online In The Boulder Area

When you are searching online yourself, you want to make sure you are using credible sites. There are numerous national real estate websites that you can search such as Zillow.com, Trulia.com, Realtor.com, and Homes.com. Be prepared to create an account login, and to be bombarded with advertisements and spam emails. Searching this way will help you get a good feeling about what is for sale in the market you’re looking at in general but nothing is like seeing the home in person. If you get frustrated and the online searching seems kind of tiresome, a real estate agent can help! They can set up a ‘search’ for you which will automatically email you when a home fitting your specific criteria hits the market. But for this to be effective you need to know what your specific criteria are and have a good idea of your price range.

What Are You Looking For In Your Home

If you’re still torn about what exactly you want in a home and what area, then looking online can help with that. Searching online is a great way for you to learn what neighborhoods you’re interested in and which ones you want to avoid. Do you know if you want to live in a house with an HOA? What kind of amenities are near you if you pick that area?

Once you have the location pinpointed for what best suits you, next you will want to start looking at what you need out of your home. Do you need 3 bedrooms? How many bathrooms do you and your family need? What do you have in mind for the backyard? Also think about things like a finished basement, space for a home office or extra family room. Talk these criteria over with your spouse and family to make sure everyone is on the same page. A good real estate expert will help you define your needs. Always have an open mind when finding your dream home.

Disadvantages Of Self-Searching Online In The Boulder Area

But there are downsides to searching online. While fun, it can sometimes be frustrating for people who are not working with a real estate professional. Websites are frequently not updated and will show a home as available when that home is either already under contract or sold. I have great tools to help my clients and utilize both local MLS’s to alert my clients when homes come available – timing is everything in this current market. This is why I recommend working with a real estate agent if you are really serious about buying a home. If you’re just dipping your toes in the water to see what’s out there, then online searching is a fantastic way for you to get an idea of what’s available. But in the end, you will want a real estate professional to guide you through your search and the transaction process.

Finding the Realtor For You

Finding the right realtor for you is key in making the purchase of your house go as smoothly as possible. It is so important to reach out to a Realtor before you find your dream home! A good Realtor will help you understand the steps to take to homeownership. You will want a Realtor who will listen to your needs and wants  and know the area that you are focusing on. Make sure they are a real estate expert who will advocate for you and negotiate in your best interest throughout the transaction and up until closing. Do your research online here too, just like you did when searching for homes. Look at their website and Facebook page as well as other social media sites. Read their blogs and market reports and check out testimonials from past clients. This will give you a good overall picture of who they are and what level of service they offer. Then reach out and call them!

How Can I Help You?

I hope you found this article informative and helpful about self searching online in the Boulder Area. I want to continue to provide my clients with interesting and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions. If you are planning on buying or selling a home in the near future and you think that my expertise and positive attitude might be of service to you don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me!

Or would you like more information on the Boulder area or the real estate market specifically? If so click here to download my current market report on the area or visit this link – http://elisabethnelsonrealestate.com/market-report-newsletter/

Elisabeth Nelson
Broker-Associate
Luxury Home Specialist & New Home Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
(303) 916 5859
elisabeth.nelson@coloradohomes.com