Home Buying Process in Oahu | Real Estate Search

Home Buying Process in Oahu | Real Estate Search

Week 5

You’ve done it! You’ve made it to Week 5 of the 90 Days to Homeowner Challenge! Yesss! Now that you’ve got your Wants vs. Needs List in hand, the fun really begins! It’s time to talk about narrowing down those listings and deciding which ones to see in person.

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Hi, I’m Fawn Bertram, an agent in Ewa Beach, Hawaii with Homes by Fawn and Hawaii Life Real Estate. Today, it’s time to talk about narrowing down those listings and deciding which ones to see in person.

Searching Online For a Home

First up, let’s talk about best practices for searching online. No doubt you know the sites (Realtor.com, Zillow, Redfin, Trulia), but how can you get the results you want especially since they’re outdated?

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A Few Tips For Your Property Search:

Let me set you up on a property search. This search will be in real-time and coming directly from the Multiple Listing Service or the MLS. The MLS is where agents on the island list homes for sale, update listings, price reductions, and more. What I need to know is how many bedrooms, bathrooms, price, location, etc., you’re looking for.

cute bedroom in Oahu home for sale

Don’t forget to keep your Wants vs. Needs List in mind.

Looking at Home Pictures Online

If you find something that catches your eye, check out the Google street view. Online pictures can be deceiving, so a virtual ‘walk down the street’ will give you a better sense of the house and surrounding area.

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Don’t shy away from a home because it is “in escrow” or “under contract.” Contracts in escrow do fall through, so keep it on your list, especially if it checks all your boxes.

Interested in a Home in Hawaii?

After you’ve found a few homes you like, write down the MLS number or address. Shoot the list to me, and I will call the listing agents to gather pertinent info and gauge the seller’s motivation.

aerial view of Oahu coastline

Next, it’s time to look at your calendar and find a chunk of time to tour the homes on your list. Have you been searching online for your next home? Find something you keep going back to? Send me a message and let’s go have a look!

Want to Know More?

If you’re up for the challenge, just click the link here to receive the guide: 90-Day Digital Guide

This guide will walk you through the home buying process and what you should do now to plan for the future. If you’re not ready, that’s fine as well. This 90-Day Homeowner Challenge starts when you’re ready. It can be now or a year from now. All you have to do is click on the link for the challenge, and you’ll be all set.

Let’s Do This!

Ready to start? I can’t wait, let’s do this! Do you have questions? Please email me at fawnbertram@hawaiilife.com or call/text at 808-439-1077. I am so excited for you to start on your 90 Day Homeowner Challenge. This is going to be great! Looking forward to helping you on your journey to homeownership. I’m Fawn Bertram with Homes by Fawn and Hawaii Life Real Estate. I’m here to provide you with a smarter approach to real estate. Make it a great home buying and selling day.

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