Buying and Building Houses in the Current Housing Market
Hi all – Well this is one hell of a situation. Is anyone else trying to buy or build right now? The pandemic has upended my plans to buy/build (the latter requires me buy land first). I was about to choose between Tucson and Vegas, and now I’m kicking myself for taking my time. I thought I had all the time in the world…
Has anyone tried the video tour option for checking out homes? I haven’t been willing to go that route just yet. A house is a heck of purchase to commit to based on video telepresence alone. And I was going to run wireless signal tests, and do home inspector type things like IR tests of HVAC systems. I also feel like I need more than vision to get to know a home, e.g. how it smells matters to me. So while sending a home inspector take a look would improve on the video method, it wouldn’t be enough.
Land might be an option for remote buying, but I’m still reluctant to buy land without standing on it and doing the dramatic 360 degree turn 🙂 And even if I was willing to buy land remotely, in my context I’m choosing between 1) buying an already built house and living in it, 2) buying a house, tearing it down and building a new one in its place, or 3) buying land and building a house. The decision to buy land will be informed by what existing houses are available (and where they’re available), which requires that I inspect those houses before pulling any triggers…
So have you dialed back your plans too?
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