There are 3 ways to maximize your home search in the Houston market. These ways can help you find your dream home, in your optimal location.
Narrow Down Your Neighborhood
Get to know your top two or three neighborhoods. If you haven’t spent much time there, you could be making decisions about the perception of the neighborhood, not the truth. Drive through the neighborhood after work, on the weekends or even try it out for your morning commute. This is the best way to get a true feel for a neighborhood and it’s culture.
Ask Your Realtor’s Opinion
Home buying from afar or going through the pre-approval process? Don’t be afraid to ask your realtor’s opinion. Also Google Map your favorite listings and neighborhoods. Most listings do not describe all of the home surroundings. Looking on a map can sometimes change your opinion about the home completely.
Decide what you are comfortable spending on a monthly basis first
Mortgage calculators don’t tell the whole story. Don’t forget to factor in taxes, insurance, potential HOA fees, closing costs, utilities, etc. If you are more involved with your lender from the beginning, you will be more comfortable making an offer and negotiating the price in this competitive market.