10 Vital Housing Questions Real Estate Listings Can’t Answer

real estate questionsWhen you’re in the market for a new home, it’s easy to spend hours pouring over online listings. But don’t get too excited about that dream home that meets all of your criteria on paper: the listing is just the beginning.

Think of the MLS (Multiple Listing Service, an online database of homes for sale) as one giant advertisement whose main purpose is to pique your interest rather than to inform you about a product. The most important pieces of information it can give you are what neighborhoods you can afford, the addresses of properties for sale, the prices of those properties, and a few key details like whether the place comes with a dishwasher and how many rooms it has.

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5 Responses to 10 Vital Housing Questions Real Estate Listings Can’t Answer

  1. gloria s says:

    Thank you. We’re currently looking for a house and this is a nice list of the questions we should be asking. We’re still in the very early stages. It’s such a daunting undertaking.

  2. BoilerHorn says:

    This is a very nice list indeed. One other thing that might be helpful is trying to assess the house (before purchase) during several different weather environments, although it might be very difficult because of the demand in some markets.

    Why do I say this? We bought a house in June, during the summer heat in Central Texas. As is typical at this time of year, there is little or no north wind. The home is exposed to the wind on the north side and, hence, audibly creaks during gusts. We have concluded that there are no structural problems, as this is just normal flex. Unfortunately, he master bedroom is on the upper floor on the north side.

  3. Andy says:

    Love your financial advice…
    I have an RSS reader – and there must be a setting on your site that doesn’t allow it to retrieve your entire daily post. Is there any way you can change that so I can read your blog along with the other blogs I subscribe to??

  4. Amy L. Fontinelle says:

    Andy-
    Jeffrey is the one who is in charge of all the technical stuff, I just write articles, so consider this an unofficial answer. It is possible for blogs to enable full RSS feeds, but some choose not to. One reason for this is that full feeds make it all too easy for illegitimate websites to steal (scrape) your content, present it as their own, and get advertising revenue off of someone else’s hard work. I can’t speak to Jeffrey’s reasons though, so you may want to email him with your question.

  5. pfadvice says:

    I have an RSS reader – and there must be a setting on your site that doesn’t allow it to retrieve your entire daily post. Is there any way you can change that so I can read your blog along with the other blogs I subscribe to??

    As Amy noted, we were having a problem with a fairly large number of people using the full feeds on their sites…this is a fairly large problem with blogs that deal with financial matters. While we realize this is an inconvenience to some readers, until a solution can be found to this problem, we have decided to stick with partial feeds. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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