There are as many ways to approach a home search as there are buyers. Your agent can arrange a home search plan that fits your specific needs. Once you have defined your search criteria, your agent can create an automated online search to email you properties that fit your needs. This is the fastest way to be notified when a home hits the market that matches your criteria. If one catches your eye, you notify your agent and the two of you can arrange a time to view the property. In addition, your agent can arrange property tours in which you spend a couple of hours viewing multiple properties that you both feel are strong prospects. This intensive property tour approach can bring you quickly up to speed on the market context and may get you to market clarity a bit sooner.
Most buyers at this point want to know how long the home search generally takes. Naturally, this is determined by the specifics of the search, the availability of the buyer to view properties and the current housing inventory. On average, most buyers find their home after seeing between 10 and 20 homes, but clearly this all depends on the buyer’s particular needs and the options the market presents. At Juice we spend time researching properties before jumping in the car to see a home. Sometimes we can identify easy deal breakers like backing to major roads or railroad tracks, issues that might be noted in disclosure statements, or properties that reside in a flood zone.