Buying a new home in a distant town, city or area can be a challenge for obvious reasons. Yet, it’s done all the time! Here are some tips for making the process easier:

1. Decide on the type of home and neighborhood you’re seeking. The more specific you are, the easier it will be to find matching listings.

2. Find out the average price for the type of property you want in each of the neighborhoods you’re targeting. If those prices are within your budget, you’re good!

3. Get as much information as you can before seeing a listing. Study the pictures and property details. Use the Google Maps satellite feature to get a bird’s-eye view of the neighborhood.

4. Make the most of your viewing appointment. Explore the home and neighborhood thoroughly. Ask lots of questions.

5. Be ready to make a decision. If you like a listing, you may not be able to see it a second time. So, be prepared to make an offer based on the information at hand. Depending on the market, you may need to move quickly.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be more likely to find the far-away home of your dreams.