Whether you’re in search of an upscale home in The River Club, St. Marlo, Chateau Elan, or any other luxury community in the Greater Atlanta area, the Internet can be a great source of information. Perhaps you’ve located a home or two you’re really interested in, and want to learn more. When you find that ‘perfect’ home you believe you want to bid on, it’s important to find out as much as possible about, not only the history of the property, but also the neighborhood or community as well. Our Atlanta luxury real estate pros have a few tips to help you do the deep digging so you know everything you need to know about the home you’re considering.
Google Street View provides a plethora of information. Street View not only provides a view of a property’s landscape, gardens, the structure itself, and its proximity to other homes, but also everything that surrounds the property including museums, restaurants, small businesses, even landmarks. From windows to sidewalks, patios, and more, Google Street View provides a detailed look at the property.
It’s important to note that in some instances the view may not be up-to-date, because snapshots convey a specific moment in time. You may want to take a look in real time by visiting the home, if the Street View interests you.
Community and neighborhood crime reporting apps. Nearly everyone has a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device today, and crime reporting apps for these devices reveal a detailed map of any recent crimes including theft, sex offenders, assault, robbery, and more. You can quickly determine the safety of the area using these apps.
Be sure to search building records of the property. In most cases all you need do is type in your city’s name along with “building records” to access information regarding any work done to the property such as room additions, and whether the previous owners secured a building permit to perform the work. You may discover that substantial work was done without a permit, which could mean the work doesn’t conform to safety or health codes, or that permitted work was done prior to the current owner of the property. It’s always good to know every detail of the home’s history, and any work done in the past without a permit is your responsibility once you own the property.
The world wide web makes shopping for Atlanta luxury property so much easier today, however it’s still important to work with a real estate agent who is intimately familiar with all of the properties available and who can point you in the direction of those that meet your unique needs and desires in a home. Count on Christie & Co. to make your home search an exciting and fun adventure!