As we all know, transplants are moving to Denver on the daily hailing from the east coast, the west coast and even from different countries. Colorado has become a desired state that people want to move to and make a life in. With that being said, I have worked with countless out-of-state clients who have the challenge of buying a house from a few states away. It is hard enough in this market to get a house being in Denver but put the extra challenge of not being able to see the house makes buying a home even that much more stressful.
Let’s start with the very basic fact that anyone thinking of buying a home in Denver before moving here needs to first and foremost make sure they find a good, reliable, on-top-of-their-game realtor. Buyers moving here need to have someone on the ground who knows what they are doing, someone who is on top of things and can go look at properties at the drop of a hat, and that’s where a good realtor comes in.
Once a buyer has a realtor they feel will get the job done and they trust, then it is up to the realtor to make sure they work hard to get their client the house they want. Once a realtor has found a few properties that fit their buyers wants and needs, I recommend that they go to the property and have a Skype or Facetime walk through with the client. This way the buyer can see everything almost as if they were actually there and the agent can point out anything they notice about the home.
If a buyer has found a home they like and put an offer on it and it gets accepted, then the agent is ready for the next round. Inspections are usually just the inspector at the house but because of the situation, the buyer might feel more comfortable if the buyer’s agent attends the inspection. Once the inspector has written their report, they can pass that along to the buyer’s agent who can email a copy to the buyer to go over together.
After the seller’s have made any repairs to the house and everything is moving towards the closing table, closing documents can be mailed out to the buyer. Also the buyer can assign a power of attorney to sign any documents in their absence. While I try to encourage clients to be here for closing I understand that is not always possible so the next best option would be to get a power of attorney as a stand-in for them.
It can be intimidating to try and buy a house from another state but with the help of a good real estate agent, a buyer will be able to find the home of their dreams.