Insights for Home Buyers and Sellers
Doesn’t matter if you’re buying a new home or selling your one: more information is always helpful, and thankfully, we live in the golden age of it.
Of course, the catch is there is so much to sift through, in so many different places, that finding what’s relevant is a daunting task. Something incredibly useful could be ignored, misused, or misunderstood without the right context.
The Map Nerd can help give you the most complete picture of a property and its neighborhood, highlighting a property’s strengths and weaknesses to give the most complete picture possible.
For Home Buyers
Buying a home is already a drawn-out, monumental task. And for most people, it constitutes their biggest investment… so it only makes sense to be as careful and prepared as possible.
Not only are you looking to meet your needs (square footage, bedrooms & bathrooms, layout), but you’re weighing them against the biggest factor of all: cost.
Let’s say you find a house you like and want to buy: knowing the seller’s asking price, your next steps might include examining similar recently-sold houses in the area, and maybe checking Zillow and/or Trulia to see current asking prices… and as far as general search goes, that’s about all you’ll find at your fingertips. Talk about an incomplete picture.
The Map Nerd can develop, frame, and potentially even give a nice matte finish to the picture (on request, of course), giving you the most accurate context for what you see.
For example, when only looking at recent sales, you’re only seeing what the market is doing now: a market that could be artificially inflated. How stable is the area? What happened to prices during the last housing crash? What will happen during the inevitable next one? If you buy at the current market rate, will you be upside down on your mortgage in three years? The Map Nerd can evaluate historical data from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), as well as the decennial census and individual state censuses, so you can make the best decision possible.
Even better: let’s say you’re struggling to find your dream house in your dream area; a.k.a., you’re looking for a unicorn. The Map Nerd’s got your back.
We can help you locate additional areas you should explore based on factors that are important to you: proximity to schools, parks, hospitals, retail establishments, grocery stores, high traffic roadways, train tracks… or even estimated drive time to/from a specific location (hello, dream commute!) All can all be evaluated and presented to you in an easy-to-understand format.
Need more? We can even analyze tax parcel maps overlaid on aerial imagery, to give you a much better idea of the approximate dimensions of the property. Good luck with that, Zillow.
For Sale by Owner
A tough enough situation as it is, your biggest disadvantage when selling a house on your own is, most likely, your lack of experience with real estate data.
Chances are, you haven’t invested years of your life in selling houses the way a real estate agent has, with a team of people helping you analyze comps and price points.
The Map Nerd can be that team for you.
We can help you strategize how you want to price your home, creating a comprehensive packet — as well as smaller one-sheets for potential buyers — highlighting your property and neighborhood’s desirability.
Already wearing all the real estate hats? Of course, flipping houses puts you in the unique position of being both a buyer and a seller — which means, even moreso, you’ll need an analyst-for-hire to help you find your best investments.
The Map Nerd can locate specific areas for you to target by analyzing other probable flips in a market, helping you determine if a potential flip is worth it. By looking at flipped homes and analyzing their improvements, The Map Nerd can give you a greater insight into value added right down to the ZIP code… or show you areas where flipping has failed, so you know to stay away.
With The Map Nerd’s micro-geographic analyses, you can get an extremely clear picture of an area’s home pricing… right down to the individual blocks.