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  • Carnan Properties
    They helped me search for a property that suited my needs
    Carnan Properties went above and beyond what we expected
    Written by: Dwayne J.
    Date Published: 2014-09-19

    "I thought I'd never find the property I was looking for but the realtors at Carnan Property fixed that. They listened to what I want it and helped me search for a property that suited my needs. A+ service."

  • Carnan Properties
    Carnan Properties went above and beyond what we expected
    They helped me search for a property that suited my needs
    Written by: Sandra T.
    Date Published: 2014-10-18

    "We had tried other realtors in the area with little success. Carnan Properties went above and beyond what we expected. Now we have the home of our dreams."

Questions related to Property Search

How do I conduct a successful property search?

  • October 26, 2016

    While the ultimate goal of an online property search is to lead you closer to your future home, there are other intermediate and peripheral goals that, if met, will make the search process as efficient and trouble-free as possible.

    Here are three goals of a good online property search:

    1. Speed and ease of use: By approaching each online real estate search engine with a written, ranked list of your most important features, searches can be as fast and simple as possible.
    2. Formation of targeted lists: Searches should lead to prospect lists that include only the most likely for-sale homes in neighborhoods you would be comfortable living in. From these, you can pick out the handful of top prospects for a “short list.”
    3. Familiarity with prospective neighborhoods: As you search for properties, you should also read up on the neighborhoods they are located in. This information will be invaluable later on when you decide on where you would actually like to live.
  • September 30, 2016

    How Lists Can Help or Hinder Your Property Search Efforts

    Conducting a property search is easier than ever with large portions of the real estate market now conveniently listed on searchable websites with the remaining properties accessible through brochures, magazines, and local real estate agents with “inside information.”

    Nevertheless, a good property search should implement strategies that maximize the chance of finding the right property for you.

    To accomplish this, lists are an invaluable tool, but used wrongly, lists (whether mental or written out) may actually hinder your progress. Here are a few tips on how to use property search lists to their fullest potential:

    • Let each person who will be living in or using the new property write down their own criteria, and then combine all lists into one. Unless couples/others know of each other’s desired features, there is little hope of finding a property that suits all involved.
    • Divide all search criteria into two broad classes: must-haves and negotiables. Only consider properties that offer all of the must-haves and at least some of the negotiables. Don’t waste time looking at properties you already know you will not accept.
    • Make an initial list of all properties worth considering, then whittle it down to a short list of prime prospects. Only view short-listed properties, and replenish the short list as needed.
  • August 8, 2016

    3 Keys to a Successful Online Luxury Property Search

    An online property search is not always the best way to find a luxury home, but increasingly, both buyers and sellers of luxury properties are utilizing the Internet along with more traditional marketing methods. To find your ideal luxury property via online search, however, you will need to employ search strategies that optimize the outcome of your efforts, including these three:

    1. Know where to look: While you can usually find a few luxury-level listings in “ordinary” real estate search engines, your best odds are at luxury-specific sites. These are often found on the websites of luxury real estate agencies, of specific luxury realtors, or of luxury living/real estate magazines.
    2. Search strategically: Randomly entering a few search criteria now and then, with no overall strategy or specific targets, minimizes your chances of success. The best method is to first identify and put in writing your desired features, then to prioritize them and gradually narrow your searches by moving step-by-step from most to least important criteria.
    3. Map out the neighborhood: Luxury homes are very much defined by their locations, including both on-property and nearby amenities. Use Google or Yahoo Maps to see what is in the area and if you can get a satellite view of the property. Research the neighborhood as well, to find out about security, community rules, and if possible, the neighborhood’s history, architecture, and residents.
  • July 26, 2016

    3 Tips for Conducting a Luxury Property Search

    When doing a property search for a luxury home, the stakes are high due to the large sums of money involved and the greater time investment required to locate, assess, and acquire high-end real estate. The more limited market can also make it more challenging to find that “perfect match.”

    To help you succeed in your luxury property search, here are 3 helpful tips to keep in mind:

    1. Begin by perusing luxury magazines and websites. Luxury homes will sometimes be listed on general property search engines, and you simply need to narrow your options by price range. However, it is good to use specialty sites like Christie’s and Sotheby’s, or luxury living magazines like Luxury Real Estate to get a true taste of the market.
    2. Continue your search with the aid of a local realtor. Many luxury homes are not listed online or at all (in the MLS). Instead, brokers alone are entrusted with this information. This is done to protect the seller’s privacy, to create a sense of “exclusivity,” and ferret out unqualified buyers.
    3. Don’t judge your prospects solely based on pictures. Photos are a good tool to get an initial impression of a for-sale home, but they have their limitations. Some homes are beautiful in person but not very “photogenic.” Arrange a private viewing of your top prospects with your realtor.
  • June 10, 2016

    3 Steps to Conducting a Successful Property Search:

    Conducting a property search has become much easier with voluminous online listings now constantly at your fingertips. Nonetheless, conducting a successful property search requires a step-by-step approach using a well defined goal.

    Below, we offer 3 basic steps for pursuing your ideal property:

    1. Establish a detailed search target: Write down the size, type, and general location you desire in a property, along with the specific rooms, features, and amenities you hope to find. Do you demand a pool, a large lot, a plush master suite? Would you be dissatisfied without a finished garage, cathedral ceilings, or a home theater? Write down your “dream home” and the budget you can devote to obtaining it.
    2. Create a list of prospects: Use online search tools that search by multiple factors simultaneously to create a list of top prospects. Next, see your local realtor to become aware of additional prospects not listed online, which you may wish to add to your list.
    3. Narrow the field: Before viewing any properties, you need to cut your list down to a short, workable one. Pore over your options and compare them point by point. Select 5 to 10 top prospects to physically visit.
  • April 8, 2016

    Conducting a successful online property search is easy in the sense that is readily accessible and almost anyone can do it once they have learned how. However, there are specific practices that can greatly aid and speed your online property searches, including the following:

     

    1. Check back often and automate. There are literally millions of properties listed online, and the listings are constantly changing. If you are serious about finding your ideal piece of real estate, check at major property search sites as often as you do your email or Facebook, say, four or five times a day. With each visit, you will have the opportunity to do a slightly different search, and you will likely see new listings before most others. If offered, sign up for automatic email/text alerts for new listings, and check as many sites as possible.

     

    1. Spend extra time on top prospects. Once you have created a short list of properties that best fit your desired features and locations, delve in deeper. Find exact locations on Google or Yahoo Maps, research the neighborhood to get a feel of what it would be like to live there, and see what kinds of amenities like shopping centers, gas stations, and quality restaurants are located nearby.

     

    1. Take your best finds to a local realtor. A realtor familiar with the are you are interested in moving to can help you evaluate prices, alert you to additional prospects, and arrange a private viewing with the owner. Most modern house-hunting begins online, but it still ends up passing through the hands of seasoned real estate agents.

     

    These rules change somewhat if you’re searching for luxury property. While you can still perform some online research, it is best to partner up with a reputable realtor specializing in high-end properties. Real estate agencies often have access to unlisted properties you may not find online, and can significantly speed up your search for the perfect home.

  • March 26, 2016

    Published by Carnan Properties

    Conducting a successful online property search is easy in the sense that is readily accessible and almost anyone can do it once they have learned how. However, there are specific practices that can greatly aid and speed your online property searches, including the following:

    • Check back often and automate : There are literally millions of properties listed online, and the listings are constantly changing. If you are serious about finding your ideal piece of real estate, check at major property search sites as often as you do your email or Facebook, say, four or five times a day. With each visit, you will have the opportunity to do a slightly different search, and you will likely see new listings before most others. If offered, sign up for automatic email/text alerts for new listings, and check as many sites as possible.
    • Spend extra time on top prospects : Once you have created a short list of properties that best fit your desired features and locations, delve in deeper. Find exact locations on Google or Yahoo Maps, research the neighborhood to get a feel of what it would be like to live there, and see what kinds of amenities like shopping centers, gas stations, and quality restaurants are located nearby.
    • Take your best finds to a local realtor : A realtor familiar with the are you are interested in moving to can help you evaluate prices, alert you to additional prospects, and arrange a private viewing with the owner. Most modern house-hunting begins online, but it still ends up passing through the hands of seasoned real estate agents.
    • These rules change somewhat if you’re searching for luxury property. While you can still perform some online research, it is best to partner up with a reputable realtor specializing in high-end properties. Real estate agencies often have access to unlisted properties you may not find online, and can significantly speed up your search for the perfect home.

  • February 10, 2016

    Published by Carnan Properties

    Successfully searching for your ideal piece of property is a step-by-step process that involves both individual initiative and reliance on an expert local real estate agent. Knowing what steps to take, what order to take them in, and how to assess your findings to make the wisest possible decision are key to finding a close match to the new home, investment real estate, or business property you are looking for.

    Four important steps to follow to maximize the chances that your property search will be successful are as follows:

    1. Envision your “perfect” property: Visualize what your perfect property would look like, and then systematically survey every aspect of your prospective property, answering questions about which rooms and features you want included. Commit the results to writing and use them as a search guide.
    2. Select a superior online search tool: There are a plethora of online property search tools to choose from, but it is generally best to stick with tools provided by professional realty companies since realtors will have inside information and early access to new listings.
    3. Narrow your search and list possibilities: First of all, familiarize yourself with local neighborhoods in the city you are searching so you can limit your searches by location. Next, within your pre-set price range, search based on your most important features, later trimming results down to manageable size based on less-important features.
    4. Visit the listings with a realtor at your side: Take your list to a local realtor, and visit your top prospects in descending order. Lean on your realtor for advice on when/if to make an offer and in what amount.
  • January 26, 2016

    Published by carnan properties

    Searching for the perfect piece of property can be challenging and time-consuming. It is true that the advent of the Internet has revolutionized the real estate industry and greatly increased the ability to make a list of promising prospects from a distance, but to protect yourself against making a costly mistake, the involvement of an experienced, local real estate agent is essential.

    Here are four ways to improve you chances of finding a piece of property that closely aligns with your needs and preferences:

    1. Finding the Best Prospects: You can do your own research first and bring the results for your real estate agent’s consideration. However, also work with him/her to create a detailed brief that describes precisely what you are looking for. Let the agent use his expertise to present you with his list, which may include properties not yet released or ones that are only listed discreetly.
    2. Selecting the Property: First and foremost, you must be pleased with the piece of property in question, but don’t neglect to utilize the experience of the realtor in weighing the merits and drawbacks of each option in relation to its listed price. Also look to him for advice on how/when to make an offer and in negotiating the terms of a purchase.
    3. Navigating the Conveyancing Process: The legal transfer of a piece of property from one owner to another is a process fraught with little-known technicalities written in legalese. Rely on the knowledge realtors have of contract-exchanges, property valuations, and conduction of due diligence.
  • December 10, 2015

    Published by carnanproperties

    Successfully searching for your ideal piece of property is a step-by-step process that involves both individual initiative and reliance on an expert local real estate agent. Knowing what steps to take, what order to take them in, and how to assess your findings to make the wisest possible decision are key to finding a close match to the new home, investment real estate, or business property you are looking for.

    Four important steps to follow to maximize the chances that your property search will be successful are as follows:

    1. Envision your “perfect” property: Visualize what your perfect property would look like, and then systematically survey every aspect of your prospective property, answering questions about which rooms and features you want included. Commit the results to writing and use them as a search guide.


    2. Select a superior online search tool: There are a plethora of online property search tools to choose from, but it is generally best to stick with tools provided by professional realty companies since realtors will have inside information and early access to new listings.


    3. Narrow your search and list possibilities:First of all, familiarize yourself with local neighborhoods in the city you are searching so you can limit your searches by location. Next, within your pre-set price range, search based on your most important features, later trimming results down to manageable size based on less-important features.


    4. Visit the listings with a realtor at your side:Take your list to a local realtor, and visit your top prospects in descending order. Lean on your realtor for advice on when/if to make an offer and in what amount.

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