We all remember having to do homework.
It’s boring, it’s tedious … and there always seems to be something better you could be doing. BUT it is also one of the most important responsibilities you have as a student, and surprisingly it is completely applicable to the home buying process … even in ways that many homebuyers don’t fully understand. This is especially true in the Bay River region because there is such a wealth of information to be learned.
Put Some Muscle Into It
Many second home buyers feel that scouring through the internet on Zillow and Trulia counts as legwork. Trust us — it’s not. Neither is watching HGTV nor reading magazines about the latest kitchen trends.
When it comes truly educating yourself about the market, spending a few hours online doesn’t suffice.
Doing your homework as a buyer means getting in the car, driving to the ‘Rivah,’ and taking a long hard look at the inventory available. Figuring out what you don’t like will put you that much closer to finding the perfect second home. Communicate with your agent about what you see, and ask questions about the difference in values that each property commands. The agents at Bay Properties are experts at navigating the roads and waterways of the Chesapeake, and they will be more than happy to steer you through your journey.
Learning is Key
Half of the battle is being prepared to learn.
It is also about understanding what goes on behind the scenes of both sides… buying AND selling. Keeping track of things like inventory levels and days-on-market trends is hugely important. The Bay River river region behaves much differently than many other primary home markets, so it is important to have an agent who is familiar with and pays attention to local trends. Don’t assume that your home market and the Bay will act in the same way. To assume that aggregate conditions apply universally would be hazardous, and while it may be an easier assumption to make, it is seldom correct.
This Homework is Fun
Remember, doing your homework efficiently is essential. And nothing makes doing your homework easier than having an experienced and knowledgeable teacher to help guide you along the way — plus, we can tell you where to get the best local seafood!