If you are looking to buy a home in Maui or Hawaii and live thousands of miles away, here are a few tips.
Buying a home is always a bit of a daunting process, but it can feel like even more of a challenge when you live hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away from where you will be buying.
With the help of online resources, an in-person trip, and a great real estate agent, you should be able to make a purchase with confidence. Start your home search by asking friends and family for recommendations of a real estate agent in the area.
Even if they don’t live there, they may know someone who does. You want to choose an agent who is a strong communicator because you will be doing so much of the work from a distance. Once you have an agent, talk in depth about what you are looking for in a home and neighborhood.
You want your real estate agent to be your eyes and help identify homes that might be right for you.
Use online resources to help you learn more about homes you might be interested in. Online home listings with photos are a great place to start, but remember that there’s more to a house than what you see in a listing. Look up information about the local schools, shopping, dining, and entertainment to help you get a sense of the area. You can even use the Street View feature on Google Maps to take a virtual walk through the surrounding streets and see what the neighborhood is like.
Wait until you know there are several homes you are very interested in, and then plan a weekend trip so you can see them all at once. Hopefully, that one trip will be enough to introduce you to your new home, but if you don’t find one that will work, debrief extensively with your real estate agent and plan to make another trip once some new inventory that interests you is available.