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Homes for sale in Durant, OK are generally more affordable than in other areas of Oklahoma. Durant offers a lower cost of living and continuous job growth, making it one of the best places to live in Bryan County.
If you are searching for your dream home in Durant, take note of these questions which are commonly asked by homebuyers. The answers will help you decide which home is the best for you.
- How long has the property been on the market?
A house that has been on sale for too long might be hiding issues that turn off potential buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, homes throughout the Durant have an average time of 90 days in the market however the time to sale varies greatly with sales price (see the graphic below from Texoma Multiple Listing Service), with offers coming in within the first 2 weeks. If it takes more than a few months, then the house might be either outdated or overpriced compared to the other homes listed nearby.
Meanwhile, there might be a bidding competition going on for a fully renovated house that is just up for sale. Home buyers who seriously intend to buy a specific property should quickly decide on their best price offer to avoid losing a home that they really like.
- How long did the owners live here?
The owner’s reason for selling might give clues on the condition of the home. People who have been living in it for decades might have grown accustomed to its flaws, possibly forgoing necessary repairs and maintenance.
On the other hand, a house that is constantly sold every few years may also have issues like a sloping land or an intermittent pest infestation.
- Are there any improvements or renovations done recently?
While it sounds good, recent renovations are done to make the house look as appealing as possible before selling it. Sometimes, the owners try to save money by resorting to quick fixes instead of rectifying the actual problem.
Hiring a licensed home inspector can help home buyers determine the real condition of the entire building structure.
Here’s a tip, asking how old the roof is, may provide clues on possible water leaks. A 15- to 20-year old roof usually shows signs of common wear and tear. Asking if there was a busted pipe recently may reveal a serious plumbing problem.
- What are the items included in the sale?
During the open house, everything looks fabulously perfect. What looked like a perfect home may look entirely different upon moving in. This is why it is important to check if the sale includes the furnishings shown, especially the major appliances such as the refrigerator, washer, and dryer.
- What is the neighborhood/community like?
Durant, OK has typically quiet neighborhoods with crime rates lower than the US average. The commute time is between 10 to 14 minutes and around 74% of its residents work within Durant. The busiest times of the day are between 7am to 8am in the morning when most people leave for work and again, between noon to 4pm for other work shifts. Observing the neighborhood during these times will give the home buyers a clearer perspective on how busy the roads can get during peak hours.
There are several schools, churches, health facilities, and local attractions nearby so it is quite easy to get around. Also, being a small town makes Durant’s neighborhoods relatively safe and friendly.
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Brian A. Allen is a new Realtor and is full of energy, excitement and zeal for every sale. He spent most of his career in marketing and now applies that skill set to the homes his clients want to sell. Click here to learn more about Brian A. Allen