If you've narrowed down your choice of a home to one, you may be eager to make an offer and get negotiations started. If you're buying in a tight market where sellers have the upper hand you may even feel pressured to put in an offer the moment you see a house.
But, before you write that check for your earnest money deposit, you should take a little time to investigate the house and the neighborhood so you have a better idea of what you're buying.
Your REALTOR® can be a valuable resource in gathering information for you and getting the answers to your questions from the seller's agent. In the meantime, you can be proactive and do some of your own research.
1. Search for neighborhood information online.
If you already live in the community, you may be able to
skip this step, but it's always worthwhile to search local
newspaper websites, local government sites, community sites and blogs to find out what's happening in terms of
upcoming development or other issues.
2. Check the crime report.
Your local police station will have statistics on crime and