Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

Remote Home Buying Tips

by Debbie Caldwell 02/09/2020

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Too busy to buy that second home in Myrtle Beach? No time to fly down and walk through multiple properties to find the one that's right for your family? No problem. You, too, can enjoy the dream of homeownership when you buy your next property remotely. 

What Is Remote Home Buying? 

When you buy a home remotely, someone else takes care of the specifics. Your main responsibilities are communicating your wants and needs to an on-site real estate agent, paying for the home and being available to sign the finalizing documents digitally. Because of this, buying a home that's located one state or half-a-world away is entirely feasible in today's real estate market.

Who Handles a Remote-Home-Buying Transaction? 

You'll work with a real estate agent when buying a home through remote means. This is similar to any other home-buying venture. In a remote transaction, however, it's vital to have an agent whom you trust completely and with whom you have excellent communication. Your agent should be local to the area where you're buying your new home, and they should be an expert on the neighborhood. You'll communicate via phone, email or internet with your agent and will likely use an e-sign process, followed up by signed hard copies, when it's time to finalize. 

How Do I Pay for a Home I've Bought Remotely? 

Typically, you'll pay for a home you've purchased remotely by wiring the amount needed to close. Most people can't afford to buy a home using cash, but you'll likely need at least a down payment and other costs up front.

How Will I Know the Home Is a Good Deal? 

The real estate agent with whom you're working will view the home, be present at inspections in your stead, and do their part to ensure that the home you're buying is viable. They will be able to advise you on comparable prices in the neighborhood to give you an idea of whether the price you're paying is reasonable. 

Why Would I Want to Buy a Home Remotely?

Most people who buy homes remotely do so because they're too busy or live too far away to buy the home in a traditional way. There's little risk involved as long as you use a licensed real estate agent who's experienced in remote-home sales. 

It's good to remember that once you own a remote property, there's no backing out. It's vital to make sure you're buying a home that's well suited to you and your family. This is where your choice of real estate agent becomes vital in helping you choose the location of your home, the size, layout and community in which it's located. 

About the Author
Author

Debbie Caldwell

When you first meet Debbie Harris-Caldwell, you are immediately drawn to her charming Welsh accent and the twinkle in her eye. The well-traveled transplant from Wales is quick to set you at ease and time spent with her promises to be time well spent.

Debbie has been a real estate agent for 40 years and takes great pride in her customer service skills. "I make myself available to my customers when they need me, whether it's on a Sunday Evening or after their long day at work. I make my schedule fit theirs. I also keep my customers updated on everything happening with their listings or purchase, I am their conduit for information." She has built a business following her key principles of clear communication, attention to detail, client advocacy, and comprehensive knowledge of the area. Debbie comes to every new transaction with positive energy, determination, a strong understanding of the currents driving the market, and the expertise that comes from a lifetime of experience. She knows the importance of marketing and whether a home is for sale for $200,000 or for $2 million, she always has professional photography done and creates a listing presentation that best shows off her customer's home.

Debbie joined Dale Sorensen Real Estate five years ago when the company was opening its Indialantic office. "I saw the marketing capabilities of this company and the caliber of the marketing materials and knew they were in a class by themselves. I'm able to take advantage of their exclusive relationships with Mayfair International and Leading RE of the World to best market my customer's listings. My customers love this. After all, we have a common goal in mind, to sell their home."

Debbie has been involved in two pet projects for many years. She is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and serves on the committee to find a new home for the organization. She is also a member of the Coastal Poodle Rescue league.

She recently completed a trip to Paris and is planning her next trip to her native home of Wales. She is a doting grandmother of a two-year-old granddaughter. 

Although she sold over $5 million in real estate transactions in 2017, her proudest moment was when she received the DSRE award for her Community Service. "It's one of the reasons I love this company so much, they put a lot of value in giving back to the community."

When asked what makes a good day in her world of real estate, Debbie is quick to respond. "When I see my seller's smile at an offer or when I see that sparkle in a buyer's eyes when we've found the perfect home, that's a good day for me."

Debbie also finds great pride in the fact that nearly one-hundred percent of her business is by referral. "Honestly, I can't ask for better than that."