Is Buying a home "sight unseen" crazy??

Dated: 08/22/2019

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I recently listed a home for sale, and within 48 hours had multiple offers.  One of the best offers happened to come from buyers in a different state, who had never physically seen the home!  At first, I was a bit baffled that someone would have the courage do so something like this, and I even questioned if it was an internet scam!  The offer was quite clean, near asking, NO inspections, and a solid earnest money deposit.  My sellers proceeded to accept the offer, and we moved forward.  This actually turned out to be one of the smoothest transactions ever!  

I met the new Buyers on the day of closing for the walk through, and I must admit I was a bit nervous - what if their expectations were not met?  What if they decided at the 11th hour to back out of the deal and my Sellers have already moved to a different state?  

They loved the home!  And, they also admited it was a leap of faith, but the accurate and beautiful pictures helped tremendously.  

I spoke with a few other Realtors, and Closing Attorneys, and it seems that his is actually becoming more and more common.  People purchase items online all the time, clothing - shoes - furniture - and the "see - feel - touch" seems to be not as necessary as we all once thought.  

So - this is my advice on the subject if you are considering this strategy: Make SURE your Realtor previews the home for you!  It wouldn't hurt to ask any co-workers or friends in the area to also view it, and I would always recommend a home inspection.  A video walkthrough or Facetime Chat would also be a super idea!  

I'm always here to answer any questions, please just reach out to me!

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Therese Jenkins

Thanks for visiting my site! A brief overview about me - I have been a Realtor and Broker for over 22 years, with my career beginning in NYC in 1996. While there, I worked with corporate relocation ....

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