It’s hard to make a smart OBX real estate purchase without the best OBX buying information. It’s surprising how much information my clients find from an Internet research. Buyers finding owners on Facebook is a pretty common occurrence. Some of that type of information is not very helpful in making purchasing or selling decisions. Other information can make a big difference. For example, it is helpful to see actual vacation rental income. Depending upon the time of year you might be able to get some information by looking at the vacation rental web page. That information on the vacation rental web page won’t take into account tenant discounts or other pertinent information.
Other critical information needed for buying decisions includes old surveys, septic information, expenses, insurance information, elevation certificates, lists of improvements, disclosures and what personal property is included in the sale. Most of that information is private and hard to find. So where can you get that information quickly? It’s certainly not available on Zillow or some other national web site. Scott Team Realty’s web site has some specific expense information available. Those web sites still don’t not help you get documents like a seller’s survey.
Fortunately, the Outer Banks Association of Realtor’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS), has a back-end memory area where agents can upload that type of information. Sellers provide that information to their agent when they take the listing. That information is stored in the file storage area of our MLS. Agents also put information specifically for brokers in their brokers’ notes section of the listing. That information is best left out of the marketing remarks but is very helpful for brokers. For example, these brokers’ notes might have information about showing times or could go into more detail about recent improvements.
So how does a buyer quickly get that information? The quickest and easiest way is to get it from your Outer Banks Realtor. They’ll send you a link to the listing directly from the Outer Banks Multiple Listing Service. Clicking on that link on your phone or tablet may not give you instant access to that information. You have to open the link or switch to the “desktop view”. Once in the desktop view you’ll see a little blue/green “D” in the top right-hand corner of the web page. Clicking on that “D” will cause a new window to pop up. That new window shows all those seller documents. From that same link you should be able to see the brokers’ notes below the listing remarks.
Getting the best OBX buying information is easier than you think if you involve an Outer Banks Realtor. Allow Scott Team Realty to help you.