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Shopping for a Home? Don’t Trust Street View.

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Are you searching for Wilmington homes for sale? If you’re techy, you may already know that you can go to Google Maps, type in an address, and view the home using Google Street View. Well, most of the time you can. Not all gated communities allow the Google car to enter and photograph the homes, but that is to be expected when you’re paying for the extra security that the gate provides.

Some real estate websites, like Zillow and Trulia, are embedding street view into their listings. So, with one or two clicks, you can see what you would normally see on Google. This is very convenient. However, with many things, you need to be cautious using street view.

Images on Google Maps are 1-3 years old. A lot can happen in 3 years, so it’s not the best way to make an assessment of the condition of a property. My home, for example, has received a new roof and new front door, the trim has been painted and replaced, and the trees have been cut back. Looking at the street view, none of that is reflected. So, if I was selling my home, buyers who view it may assume that my listing photos don’t accurately represent my home when the opposite is actually true.

Also, you need to remember that plants, trees, and landscaping, in addition to decorations secured to the exterior of the home, are considered part of the home when it’s sold. If a seller has a prize rose or a tree with sentimental value, they may choose to remove it before listing the property. So, you may be surprised to see different landscaping or exterior features.

Street view can give you an idea of what the neighborhood is like, in particular if there are sidewalks, streetlamps, etc. However, even the home across the street may have changed and the empty lot next door may have a home on it now. The best thing to do is to get in your car and drive by the home. That’s how you’ll get an entirely accurate feel for the neighborhood and property.

Or even better – schedule a showing! Don’t have a Realtor and want to see a property? Give us a call, send us a message through our Contact page, or click “Schedule Showing” on the property listing page on our website. We’re ready to help!

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