Multi-county House Hunting Questions

Hi! Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, I just couldn’t find anywhere more relevant. My fiancée and I are currently on the west coast and looking to move back to the midwest near our families (St. Louis/Southern IL) and are looking to purchase our first home. Both of our jobs are 100% remote so precise location is not necessarily important with the only exception being that we are trying to make sure we are within a couple of hours of both of our parents’ places. I mention this because I am having a hell of time scheduling tours and whatnot for the short time we will be back in the area over the holidays (1218 – 1230). Now I totally understand that showings may slow during this period but I haven’t managed to lock in tours at any of the 8 houses we are looking at (haven’t received ANY responses).

I am also finding it nigh impossible to find a realtor that services a wider area than a single city (such as Springfield, IL) which is making it tough to find someone who will go to bat for us and get tours scheduled in a way that makes sense.

My question – at what point should we have a realtor? Should we pick the area first? That doesn’t make sense to me because we are pretty open with a decent budget for the area and so we want the best property for our cash, picking an area first makes this difficult. I’ve messaged a few realtors now and they seem fairly strict on the markets they service. Should I simply work with the seller’s agent? I read elsewhere that that’s not always desirable…

I know it’s a lot but we’ve been spinning our tires for the last 1-2 months trying to figure out the order of operations and now it’s down to the wire (looking to have a place locked in around March) and besides having a shortlist of properties we are interested in we still aren’t sure how to actually view them as I do not receive responses from Zillow when I reach out myself.

Thank you for any tips you can offer us!

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Hi! Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, I just couldn’t find anywhere more relevant. My fiancée and I are currently on the west coast and looking to move back to the midwest near our families (St. Louis/Southern IL) and are looking to purchase our first home. Both of our jobs are 100% remote so precise location is not necessarily important with the only exception being that we are trying to make sure we are within a couple of hours of both of our parents’ places. I mention this because I am having a hell of time scheduling tours and whatnot for the short time we will be back in the area over the holidays (1218 – 1230). Now I totally understand that showings may slow during this period but I haven’t managed to lock in tours at any of the 8 houses we are looking at (haven’t received ANY responses). I am also finding it nigh impossible to find a realtor that services a wider area than a single city (such as Springfield, IL) which is making it tough to find someone who will go to bat for us and get tours scheduled in a way that makes sense. My question – at what point should we have a realtor? Should we pick the area first? That doesn’t make sense to me because we are pretty open with a decent budget for the area and so we want the best property for our cash, picking an area first makes this difficult. I’ve messaged a few realtors now and they seem fairly strict on the markets they service. Should I simply work with the seller’s agent? I read elsewhere that that’s not always desirable… I know it’s a lot but we’ve been spinning our tires for the last 1-2 months trying to figure out the order of operations and now it’s down to the wire (looking to have a place locked in around March) and besides having a shortlist of properties we are interested in we still aren’t sure how to actually view them as I do not receive responses from Zillow when I reach out myself. Thank you for any tips you can offer us! submitted by /u/gregpxc [link] [comments]

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