So you found the perfect home, congratulations! So, how much do you REALLY know about the home? How many owners has this home had? Do sex offenders live next door? What’s the crime rate in the area? I’ll show you where to get the scoop on a home before you buy it. Knowledge it key!
Your real estate agent should have given you a copy of a Buyer Advisory when you first started looking at homes. This is 13 pages of resources and links to get answers and get the scoop on a home before you buy it. This advisory is written by the Arizona Association of Realtors.
Home Inspection: The Buyer Advisory is a supplement to obtaining a property inspection. It is not in place of. We always recommend having a home inspection as well as a termite inspection completed on the home.
Also, review the Seller Property Disclosures and ask questions if you have them. If you feel the sellers are being to vague, ask! Now is the time to do so.
Here are 5 other tips to get the scoop on a home before you buy it.
1. I highly recommend you Google the address. Go back a few pages in Google to see if there was anything “news” worth about that address. For example a house fire, murder, police reports etc. This will also give you a map of the area so you can see where the local coffee shop, dining and grocery stores are. Use the Satellite view to get an idea of the entire neighborhood.
2. Visit NeighborhoodScout.com and type in the home address. This site will give you the average home values, crime rates and neighborhood demographics.
3. Want to know if there is a Sex Offender in the neighborhood? Visit NSOPW.gov. Keep in mind, the seller nor real estate agent is required to disclosure this. It is up to you to research any and everything of importance to you!
4. Want to scoop on the schools in the area? Visit AZED.gov for more details. The best way to get all your questions answered and see the school and teachers first hand is to visit the school. Ask your questions.
5. I highly recommend driving through the neighborhood at different times of the day and night to investigate the surroundings. Talk to the neighbors. They can provide a wealth of information and an incite to the history of the home before you buy.
Keep in mind, all your inspections and research about the home need to be done during the inspection period. So be thorough and make sure this is the right home for you before you buy!
Be sure to check out my book “At Least Put the Toilet Seat Down. Your Guide to Selling Your Home for Top Dollar“. It is also available on Amazon.
For more information on buying a home, please contact Realtor Laurel Jonas
Laurel Jonas 480-229-5861 or RealtorLaurelJ@gmail.com