How To Look For The Best Santa Cruz Ca Real Estate Listings

Finding the best investment isn’t easy even if you’re armed with pages of Santa Cruz real estate listings. Reading through each and every one of them can consume a lot of time and effort. You also have to be skilled at reading between the lines and identify which listings aren’t worth your attention.

To save you from making a wasted trip to properties that will not meet your standards, here are a number of tips you should keep in mind the next time you open the classifieds section.

Categorize
List down the essential things you are not willing to compromise on and those who don’t make the list should be immediately discarded. The remaining properties can now be divided into three categories: those that qualify as your dream house because it has everything you want, those that you can readily afford but does not have everything you wish, and those that you are willing to consider as a last resort.

Look for Direct Sellers
Most of the properties on the market are usually sold by real estate agents or other kinds of middlemen. If you buy from them, the price you’ll end up with is sure to be higher than it should be because it includes their commission fees.

When you make your calls later on, be sure to ask if the person you’re speaking to is the actual owner. If not, you might want to move on to the next property.

Make the Calls
Properties that do not offer you a number to call are not worth your time. As receiving your call won’t cost them anything, why wouldn’t they give you a number to contact?

Prioritize. Make the calls to those that qualify as your dream house. If none of them appear willing to adjust their prices to something you can relatively afford, move on to the next two categories you have in reserve.

Negotiate. The selling price is always more than what a seller is willing to settle for. That’s a fact. If you buy a property without negotiating, there’s a very good chance you’ll end up overpaying. You could rue your decision later on if you need to mortgage or sell off your property and you end up with less than what you’ve originally paid for.

Make Sure Everything’s Legal
If you think you have found the best investment property in Santa Cruz for you, be sure you and the seller meet all the legal requirements before closing the deal. Always have a legal counsel look over any contract you have before signing. It may seem like overkill, but it’s simply safer that way.