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Long distance house search

Looking for some things we should watch out for as long distance buyers. We will be moving from Georgia to DC in 7 months. When should we start seeing houses in person (ideal close date being end of June but could close as soon as April). Doing lots of Internet looking now and getting educated on the new world of real estate but we have no idea what these neighborhoods look like. And, just FYI, we were born and raised in the area we are moving to, this will be our 4th home purchase, yes we do have a good buyers agent and our current home is already sold. Mostly looking for timing and frequency of visiting advice and what kind of Pre visit research we should be doing.
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"Things to watch out for" always sounds so ominous. Don't step on the lines of the sidewalk.

My experience has run the full width of the house hunting spectrum. I've had buyers find properties on the internet that interest them, come into town and buy in a weekend.  I've also had buyers come into town, also look at rentals and decide to rent in a weekend, instead of buy.

Houses aren't like cars, as you know. You don't move up to the sales counter and point to the color that you want.

I'd remain open to both renting and buying.  Worried about 2 moves? Don't wander around with so much stuff. :)
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If you start looking too far in advance, you are likely setting yourself up for disappointment unless you can go ahead and make the purchase.  March first is the date that many sellers put their house on the market for sale.  If you are anticipating a June closing, waiting to seriously look at properties after March first will provide you many more homes to choose from.  I suggest monitoring interest rates though.  Waiting too long could cost you more for years to come.
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