Which House-Hunting Decisions have Fundamentally Changed?

House-hunting in Memphis area may start on a laptop, but although “sight-unseen” purchases are on the rise, sooner or later, most forays become less virtual. Soon after one of the Memphis area's experienced Realtors® is recruited (preferably, that’s me), the hunt will go mobile. After the most likely candidate properties have been agreed upon, in-person visits will be lined up.

It goes without saying that the details of showings today have been modified by the pandemic—and in more ways than one. The actual health precautions have been worked out in the now-familiar ways: the face masks and distancing with which Tennessee residents have become accustomed.

But for many prospective homeowners, Memphis area house-hunting has undergone a more fundamental shift. Looking back at one leading “Basic Homebuying Guide” published in January (before anyone had ever heard of “COVID-19”) illustrates the point. It laid out a series of choices to be made to narrow the field of candidate properties. One of the earliest decisions was among a half dozen neighborhood styles:

  • Urban
  • Cul-de-sac
  • Walkable neighborhoods
  • Golf course
  • Retirement, or

Without quibbling about the obvious overlaps (‘golf courses’ often double as ‘retirement venues’), today’s house-hunters are likely to weigh what constitutes a desirable neighborhood style using a radically altered frame of reference.

Last year’s young professionals who were likely to favor an urban or suburban neighborhood largely in terms of how its commute-time measured up may now find that less important—or not a factor at all—depending on the proportion of their working life that will be conducted at home.

Likewise, many “walkable neighborhoods”—those featuring close-by entertainment and dining venues—have, with the closing of so many small businesses, lost much of their luster. That may rebound in time, but for the moment, today’s reality is hard to ignore.

Memphis area house-hunting decisions may be changing in fundamental ways, but there’s one fundamental decision that hasn’t changed: giving me a call remains the best way to land the Memphis area property you’re looking for—and for buyers, it’s cost-free!  

About Author
Tim OHare

Tim O'Hare has over 15 years experience working with executive leadership as a digital marketing and technology specialist. Tim relocated to Collierville, TN where he began his real estate career with a sphere of less than 10. In his first 18 months, he was Rookie of the Year at his brokerage and a member of the Multi Million Dollar Club. Tim realized the best way he could give back was to help others unlock their potential, so that they feel empowered to accomplish their personal and professional goals. His passion to learn, coach and give back to the community is what shapes him as a leader. He brings a strong competitive mindset and understands the commitment necessary to accomplish even the most audacious goals. Tim currently lives in Collierville with his wife Anna and 2 boys. He's a member of the Collierville Rotary and serves on the Board of Zoning Appeals for Collierville. Tim also sits on multiple committees at the Memphis Area Association of Realtors.


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