Tips For Real Estate Shopping Online

Tips For Real Estate Shopping Online

As time marches forward, it seems like more and more of our lives are being imported onto the internet. Think this good or bad, it’s nonetheless inevitable and thus worth getting a handle on. Everything from daily activities such as communication with friends and family, to more monumental affairs such as searching for your dream home, are starting to occur more and more often in the online world. 

So, with that in mind, it’s worth knowing a little more about this online world and real estate for sale in Dallas and how to navigate it. After all, if you’re new to this process, be it the process of finding homes for sale in Dallas entirely, or just new to shopping for homes online, it can be overwhelming. There are countless avenues to choose from, countless websites and tools, and this isn’t exactly something they teach us about in school. With that being said, read on to learn a couple of handy tips and facts about the online real estate market in Dallas.

Take Advantage of Those Features

One of the best benefits of online real estate shopping over the traditional method, besides the sheer number of options you can scour from the comfort of your room, are all extra tools. You can leverage some of these features to your advantage in your search and you might be surprised how much easier it can be to find exactly what you’re looking for.

For example, use your email to your advantage by signing up for email notifications of new listings that match your search parameters. Seeking out home-search tools online such as email alerts about new listings can create a system where the listings are literally coming to you, as soon as their available. In signing up for these notifications you can filter for price, house size, community interior features and more. New homes that match your criteria can be automatically emailed to you, often multiple times per day.

Also, considering that many people looking for homes today in Dallas are looking for more than just square footage and a specific bathroom count, it can useful to seek out websites that give you more advanced searching tools. Especially if you have children or will down the line, it will benefit your online home search immensely if you find a real estate website that offers extra features in their home search such as Walkscore and school information. You should also consider visiting sites like and for school and neighborhood rankings.

Get A View Before You View

Another great thing about shopping for real estate in Dallas online is that you can save a lot of time you would have wasting visiting a less than ideal home in person by getting a feel the place purely with online tools. One of the underrated tools in this regard is the map feature. Maps aren’t just for directions to a home. Online map features today can give you an up close view of a property. They can often times provide a birds-eye view will give you both a distant view or close enough to see if there is a fence, deck or patio. With a street view feature, you can pan the neighborhood, moving up and down the  streets. Maybe consider checking for things telephone and electrical poles or train tracks. You can get a real sense of this homes place with nothing more than these map tools.

In addition, a lot of housing websites these days include features such as full size photos and virtual tours. Larger photos and virtual tours generally show more detail than the smaller photos initially displayed on most websites. Look at wall space and windows; this can give you a great idea of the layout of the room.

But be wary of putting too much stock in those high quality photos. One of the best tools for someone selling a home in Dallas and marketing it online is a wide angle lens. This allows Dallas realtors to show the full size of an interior room; even a small room. Online, this can make a room look larger than it feels when you are standing in it. The property description will tell you the exact room sizes.

Mind the Weaknesses of Internet Shopping

As much as we’ve been talking about what makes online real estate listings in Dallas great, there are downsides worth taking into consideration while you’re shopping. A typical online listing will tell you a lot, the lot size, square footage, how many bedrooms, and the year the home was built, along with many other details. The problem is that this information isn’t always correct. You might spend an afternoon chasing down a prospective home, only to find out that an offer was accepted several days ago and it’s no longer on the market. Or you might find out during a tour that the square footage was listed incorrectly and the home is significantly smaller than you expected.

Another less talked about part of this is how shopping for a home in Dallas online can make it seem like the process is simpler than it really is. Online listings lure people into thinking that real estate is easy. But buying a home is not like ordering a new backpack of Amazon. Sure, you can spend your days looking at listings, and your weekends visiting open houses, but finding the right place to live is just a small part of the process. You’ll need to come up with a downpayment, get pre-approved for a mortgage, find an agent that you can work with, fill out stacks of paperwork, get a home inspection, and finally close on the home. Home shopping online can save you a lot of time and effort during the initial search part of the process but don’t forget that once you start to get serious, you’ll have to invest a significant amount of work and time into the rest of the process. 

Online Real Estate and Dallas Real Estate Agents

Using the multitude of online tools available at your fingertips is a great way to take your home search to the next level. And hopefully with the help of some of these tips you’ll be well on your way. Just don’t forget that the most important part of this journey is teaming up with the right Dallas realtor. Finding yourself an experienced realtor in Dallas who genuinely wants to get you the best deal and the best home possible is the best thing you can do to ensure your happiness with your future home. When you’re ready to start looking for your dream home, contact us at Live and Love Your Home!

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