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Other than realtor websites, what other ways do you research if you need to buy remotely?

I'm in Houston and looking to buy beach front property in NC. I've never been to NC.

There are so many different towns with surely different cultures. I'm also seeing reports recently about erosion from rising sea levels.

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Why aren’t you going there to visit at least to know what you’re getting into?

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I'm in a weird place in my life. I can't be away from my family for anything longer than a day or two.

I'm willing to take on some risk to make a jump and move in one leap. I have good safety nets (stable high paying job, cash and investment reserves).

In Houston (and Austin) we see so many professionals buy from other states site unseen and move for a job here. We also know immigrants often move without ever having been there before.

I'm just wondering if there are ways to get more information than real estate sites to do research. I would prefer to buy instead of rent. I have an emotionally delicate dependent family and a dog. Moving into a house that we own is preferred to a rented house.

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Facebook groups have been quite valuable for me to get a sense of what’s happening in a remote market.

If you’re buying to rent it out, I use apartments.con for long term or AirDNA for short term for rental comp.

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There’s a “groups” section, then search there.

There’s often groups for regions where neighbors can talk about what’s happening. There may also be some landlord or investor groups for the region if it’s a vacation area.

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My personal preference is Facebook Groups. You can search the groups section for a specific area and sometimes even a neighborhood that you’re looking to join. I lend in all 50 states and have cousins that live in NC, the don’t live near the beach they’re closer to Charlotte. I helped them move that way. Call me and we can talk about your move. 954-805-2418

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