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Great Homebuying Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Home

December 6, 2023
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Searching for a new home is an exciting process. And there's nothing more satisfying — or reassuring — than finding exactly what you're looking for. We're here to help.

Read through these home shopping best practices to discover what you need to know about finding the right home for right now:

Make a New Home Wish List 

In larger metropolitan areas like Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas-Fort Worth, there are often so many different communities to choose from that the sheer selection can be overwhelming — especially for first-time buyers. Making a new home wish list helps you narrow your search before you even get started. 

Wish lists can include a little or a lot, but a few places to start include identifying your preferences regarding square footage, number of bedrooms, cabinetry, patios, siding, garage size, and more.  

When people search for communities to live in, they also consider onsite amenities, highway access, nearby schools, proximity to work, and more. 

Consider Floorplan and Home Design 

As you search for your new home, consider the items you included on your wish list.  

Factors like … 

  1. Square footage 
  2. Garage size 
  3. Number of floors 
  4. Bedrooms and bathrooms 
  5. Kitchen 
  6. And more!  

… can be filtered during online home searches, which can greatly reduce your time spent combing through listings.  

Pro Tip: Understand what you’re willing to be flexible on and what you aren’t. For example, if you know you need the primary bedroom downstairs, don’t waste your time looking at homes with all bedrooms on the second floor.  

Make Sure the Community Fits What You're Looking For

Finding the right floorplan is only one of two key considerations during your new home search. The other is community. Here are just a few factors worth keeping in mind: 

  1. Where’s the home located?  
  2. How long is the commute?  
  3. What’s nearby? Grocery stores, daycare, schools?  
  4. Are there any onsite amenities in the community? 

Each of these variables can make or break where you decide to buy, too. If you work in Downtown Houston and know that you aren’t willing to commute longer than 60 minutes each way, it’s probably best to avoid finding a home in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.  

Don't Forget About Budget

Anyone who's shopped for a new home will tell you about The One House that caught their eye. From the square footage and the location to the backyard and beyond, everything was perfect. Except for the price. Keeping budget in mind from the get-go not only saves you time and energy but heartache, too.

Use this handy guide to learn more about the budgeting process, from monthly gross income tips to home loan options and more.

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