Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.
Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fish-eye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, call up your real estate agent and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.
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Lynn Downing is an Ohio licensed REALTOR®.
She is also a member of the Lorain County Association of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Women's Council of Realtors.
Lynn is a multi-million dollar producer in the local Real Estate Industry helping clients in Erie, Lorain, and Cuyahoga Counties sell or find their dream homes.
Her office consistently ranks #1 (according to the MLS statistics) in the area for Listings and Sales!
But that is not what makes Lynn so unique, for all of the items mentioned above are what you would expect out of any REALTOR®.
What makes Lynn unique is the life experiences that she brings wi th her, that helps her understand your situation and make her such an effective, pleasant REALTOR® to represent you.
Lynn's level of integrity and professionalism will quickly reassure you that she is not just another real estate agent.
Lynn has earned her ABR designation, which makes her an Accredited Buyers Representative as well.
Most Buyers don't realize they also need representation in their home buying process and for them the professional services of a REALTOR® are free. In this Industry, most REALTORS® are representing the Sellers!
Lynn was born and raised in this area, so she knows the in’s and out’s of this community. Lynn has chosen this area to raise her own four children. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University in Marketing and Management. She is continually taking classes to keep up-to-date with the latest in technology and the changing Real Estate Industry to better represent and serve her clients.
Perhaps the most significant attribute of Lynn’s is her ability to not just be a terrific real estate professional on your behalf, but the way she will get to know you and understand the uniqueness of your situation. Not only will she be effective for you, but she will make it a pleasant experience as well.
Lynn is not a "Here today, gone tomorrow" type REALTOR®.