Should You Buy a Home You’ve Never Seen Before?


    Folks are still buying homes in Durham, and some are doing so sight unseen. Here’s what that looks like.

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    Considering all of the restrictions in response to COVID-19, like Durham’s ban on showing occupied properties, most buyers wanting to act in the market are faced with the prospect of purchasing a home without seeing it in person. Is this a viable and prudent decision? The answer is maybe.

    While you should generally feel more comfortable about a newer home, anything more than 15 years old naturally causes more anxiety. No matter how detailed and lifelike a virtual tour is, something like the ingrained smell of smoke in a house can’t be detected by a buyer if they don’t experience it in person. That being said, there is a way buyers can safely see the inside of a home, and it’s called a preview addendum.

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