Things To Ask Your Agent During a Video Tour of the Kitchen

Video tours have become an indispensable tool for house hunters in the COVID-19 era, although they do have their drawbacks—you won’t notice a bad odor through a video screen, after all.

And if there’s one room for which you really need a sense of how you’ll be able to use it, it’s the kitchen. After all, it needs to work for your needs, whether you’re enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee in the morning, putting together school lunches, baking some of that quarantine sourdough, or (someday) entertaining friends and family.

That’s why you’ll need to pay attention to the details that matter in the kitchen when you do a virtual video tour with your agent—sometimes, the smallest ones can make a big difference. Here are the things agents say you should be sure to check out over video.

Hidden Problems in a Living Room

The living room is one of the most important spaces to scrutinize when you’re house hunting. After all, that’s where you’ll unwind after a long day, share laughs with friends when you host game night, or find solace in a good book, curled up next to the fireplace.

But riddle us this: How can you fully inspect the living room when you’re not even there?

As the COVID-19 pandemic has trudged on, virtual and video home tours have become crucial to home buyers. Technology allows us to feel like we’re actually there. But there are some drawbacks—you won’t notice a bad odor or noisy neighbors through a video screen, for instance. No, to get a complete picture of the space you’re looking to drop a down payment on, you need to rely on your agent to be your eyes, nose, and ears.

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A Surprising New Favorite Room

The family room has long been the favorite room in the house—it’s where homeowners get to spend quality time with other family members. However, as the significant increase in time spent at home during the pandemic has changed preferences, homeowners now favor quieter and more private areas in the home.

In a survey of more than 2,000 Americans, the new favorite room in the home: the master bedroom. In the survey, conducted by Ally Home, some respondents said it’s their new favorite spot because it’s where “they can hide from family members.”

Here are the five favorite rooms in the house, according to the Ally Home survey.

  1. Master bedroom: 27%
  2. Family room: 14%
  3. Kitchen: 10%
  4. Master bath: 9%
  5. Man or woman cave: 7%

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How to Make An Offer on a House

If you’re pondering how to make an offer on a house, congratulations! You’re well on your way to becoming a homeowner. How to make an offer usually comes down to working with a good agent, determining how much you can really afford to pay, and knowing how much the home is worth.

When a home is listed, attention is always drawn to the listing price and whether it matches comparable prices in the area. But when a buyer makes a proper offer to buy a home, matching the seller’s list price isn’t the only concern.

In some cases, terms included in the offer can represent thousands of dollars in additional value (or additional costs) for buyers. These terms are important and should be carefully reviewed. Here are some other important items to consider for an offer to buy a home.

What Do All The Real Estate Terms Mean?

Call it what you will—jargon, shorthand, lingo—but every industry including the real estate world, has its own language, a collection of terms that are essential to understand if you hope to play ball. And the real estate business is no different. In fact, there are probably more terms in the housing biz than just about anything short of neurosurgery. That’s why when you read a real estate listing, you may end up scratching your head over a whole bunch of puzzling terms. Allow us to clear things up, by explaining what these things really mean in plain old English.

How to Conduct a Virtual Home Search

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home for a while, you may have marked your calendar back in the winter to start your house hunt right about now. After all, spring typically kicks off the busiest home-buying period of the year. But what a difference a few months make! Now, the coronavirus pandemic probably has you worried about how to safely check out homes without risking infection.

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Things You Can’t Smell in a Video Tour

Odors—pleasant or unpleasant—are strongly tied to our emotions and can leave a lasting impression when it comes to buying a house. Especially bad ones. Because some odious smells can be indicative of larger (and costlier!) problems.

“When we come across even moderately strong odors, the showing is basically over,” says John Gluch, a Realtor® and founder of the Gluch Group in Scottsdale, AZ. “Reasoning with someone that the odors can be remediated is rarely fruitful. People just move on in search of a better-smelling home.”

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Things to Check in The Kitchen on a Video Tour

Video tours have become an indispensable tool for house hunters in the COVID-19 era, although they do have their drawbacks—you won’t notice a bad odor through a video screen, after all.

And if there’s one room for which you really need a sense of how you’ll be able to use it, it’s the kitchen. After all, it needs to work for your needs, whether you’re enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee in the morning, putting together school lunches, baking some of that quarantine sourdough, or (someday) entertaining friends and family.

That’s why you’ll need to pay attention to the details that matter in the kitchen when you do a virtual video tour with your agent—sometimes, the smallest ones can make a big difference. Here are the things agents say you should be sure to check out over video.

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