Have questions related to buying a home in Jacksonville, Florida? Traditions Realty REALTOR® Beth King provides expert answers.
Q: How Do I Look for a House to Buy in Jacksonville?
A: The way that most people used to look for a house is that they would go to the neighborhood and they would drive around. They would find signs that are in the yard (either for sale by owner or for sale by an agency) but that is old-school. Now no one does it that way. Most people come home from work then they get on Trulia, realtor.com or Zillow and they start looking in the areas or zip codes that they want to be in. They scroll through the photos and they pick a couple of houses they might want to see then they contact one of the listing agents from these properties.
But, I’d like to back that process up a little bit. Maybe instead of finding the house that you want to see, first you find an agent you want to work with. You can start with creating a relationship with this person. They can send you properties that they know are active on the market and properties that they probably already viewed for themselves. It’s going to be a lot better as far as your time because you’re going to find properties that you really want to see instead of finding that the Zillow listings are outdated and the properties already sold. There’s nothing worse than finding the best property in the world at an outrageously great price only to find out the property was actually sold five years ago and Zillow hasn’t updated the listings.