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Top 10 Do’s and Top 5 Don’ts For First Time Home Buyer Houston

 

With around 200,000 jobs and a 3.2% job growth expected annually for the next five years, it’s easy to see why over 4,000 people relocate to Houston every year.

As the energy, education and healthcare sectors continue to strengthen and large companies like Chevron and Exxon move operations here, Houston continues its strong growth.

Forbes’ magazine recently named Houston the #1 Healthiest Real Estate Market in the country, and our region continue sto win awards for consistent real estate growth.

Get your free first time home buyer Houston kit below with more resources, information, maps, tools and guides on how to be smart in the current real estate market.

 

Contact Paige Martin, head of the Houston Properties Team & Broker Associate at Paige@HoustonProperties.com or 713-384-5177 for help buying or selling a Houston home.

Top 10 To-Do’s For First-Time Houston Home Buyers

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  1. Be picky but realistic. There is no perfect home. Find the balance between your needs and wants and how much you can afford to pay for the home.
  2. Do your homework before you start looking. Decide specifically what features you want in a home and which are most important to you.
  3. Get your finances in order. Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover down payment and closing costs.
  4. Don’t wait to get a loan. Talk to a lender and get pre-qualified for a mortgage before you start looking.
  5. Don’t ask too many people for opinions. It will drive you crazy. Select one or two people to turn to if you feel you need a second opinion.
  6. Decide when you could move. Consider these: When is your lease up? Are you allowed to sublet? When is your “relocating to Houston” date?
  7. Think long-term. Are you looking for a starter house with the idea of moving up in a few years or do you hope to stay in this home longer? This decision may dictate what type of home you’ll buy as well as type of mortgage terms that suit you best.
  8. Don’t let yourself be “house poor”. If you max yourself out to buy the biggest home you can afford, you’ll have no money left for maintenance or decoration or to save money for other financial goals.
  9. Don’t be naive. Insist on a home inspection and if possible get a warranty from the seller to cover defects within one year.
  10. Get help. Hire realtor who specializes in helping people looking to relocate in Houston. You need a buyer representative. Unlike a listing agent, whose first duty is to the seller, a buyer’s representative is working only for you.

 

Contact Paige Martin, head of the Houston Properties Team & Broker Associate at Paige@HoustonProperties.com or 713-384-5177 for help buying or selling a Houston home.

Top 5 Common First Time Home Buyer Houston Mistakes

  1. tanglewood houston homeDon’t lack curiosity. First time Houston home buyers that don’t ask enough questions more often than not miss out on the best deals available.
  2. Don’t second guess too much. First time Houston home buyers that don’t make quick decisions end up watching someone else buy the house they want.
  3. Don’t pick the wrong realtor. First time Houston home buyers that don’t find the right Houston real estate agent will have a hard time getting the best options.
  4. Don’t over-haggle. F irst time Houston home buyers that don’t do enough to make their offer look good to a seller usually lose out to other buyers.
  5. Don’t be too hasty. First time Houston home buyers that don’t think about re-sale before they buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for only three to four years.

 

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