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Choosing a Home – How to Buy a House

Buying a Home

How to Choose a Home

Here are some tips to help determine which house is best for you as well as how to buy a house.

Once you’ve settled on a couple of preferred neighborhoods for your home search, it’s time to pick out a few homes to view. Having a house features “wish list” keeps you focused on which features are most important to you.

When narrowing down Dallas houses for sale, consider the following:

  • know what types of home you want to buy
  • determine what age and condition of the house you want to buy
  • consider resale potential
  • use a features wish list to keep focused
  • use a home search comparison chart to keep organized
  • act decisively when you find the right home

Determine What Type of Home You Want to Buy

There are several forms of home ownership: single-family homes, multiple-family homes, condominiums and co-ops.

Single-family homes: One home per lot.

Multiple-family homes: Some buyers, particularly first-timers, start with multiple-family dwellings, so they’ll have rental income to help with their costs. Many mortgage plans, including VA and FHA loans, can be used for buildings with up to four units, if the buyer intends to occupy one of them.

Condominiums: With a condo, you own “from the plaster in.” You also own a certain percentage of the “common elements” – staircases, sidewalks, roofs, etc. Monthly charges pay your share of taxes and insurance on those elements, as well as repairs and maintenance. A homeowner’s association administers the development.

Co-ops: In some cities, cooperative apartments are common. With co-ops, you purchase shares in a corporation that owns the whole building, and you receive a lease to your own unit. A board of directors, comprised of owners and elected by owners, supervises the building management. Monthly charges include your share of an overall mortgage on the building.

Decide What Age and Condition of Home You Want to Purchase

Weigh your needs, budget and personal tastes in deciding whether you want to buy a newly constructed home, an older home or a “fixer-upper” that requires some work.

Consider Resale Potential

As you look at homes, you may want to keep in mind these resale considerations.

  • One-bedroom condos are more difficult to resell than two-bedroom condos.
  • Two-bedroom/one-bath single houses generally have less appeal than houses with three or more bedrooms, and therefore have less appreciation potential.
  • Homes with “curb appeal,” i.e., well-maintained, attractive and with a charming appearance from the street, are the easiest to resell.
  • The most expensive houses on the street, or ones with anything unusual or unique are not suited for resale. The best investment potential is traditionally found in a less expensive, more moderately sized home.

Use a Features Wish List to Keep Your Search Focused

Make a features wish list to clarify which features are most and least important to you when looking for a home. Using this features wish list will keep your house hunt focused and effective.

Use a Home Comparison Chart to Keep Your Observations Organized

While house hunting, it’s a good idea to make notes about what you see because viewing several houses at a time can be confusing. Use a home comparison chart to help you keep track of your search, organize your thoughts and record your impressions.

Act Decisively When You Find the Right Home

Before you begin the home buying process, resolve to act promptly when you do find the right house. Every REALTOR® has stories to tell about a couple who looked far and wide for their dream home, finally found it, and then said, “We always promised my Dad we’d sleep on it, so we’ll make an offer tomorrow.” Many times the story had a sad ending – someone else came in that evening with an offer that was accepted.

Resolve that you will act decisively when you find the house that’s clearly right for you. This is particularly important after a long search or if the house is newly listed and/or under-priced. For more guidance on how to buy a house, talk to a member of Team Nelson today!

Dallas Houses for Sale

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339 Montclair Avenue Dallas, TX 75208

$275,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Taylor & Lowrance, Dallas
Open House
New
Price $275,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,428
Status Active
MLS # 14282862
Property Type Single Family
 
 

630 Hampton Road Dallas, TX 75208

$289,995 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in West Kessler Heights, Dallas
New
Price $289,995
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,300
Status Active
MLS # 14282931
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3707 Versailles Avenue Dallas, TX 75209

$644,900 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Lafoy Place, Dallas
New
Price $644,900
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,900
Status Active
MLS # 14283077
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5829 Belmont Avenue Dallas, TX 75206

$965,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Belmont Sub, Dallas
New
Price $965,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,281
Status Active
MLS # 14278328
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6005 Steamboat Drive Dallas, TX 75230

$525,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Twelve Thousand, Dallas
New
Price $525,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,376
Status Active
MLS # 14280547
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6248 Oram Street Unit 3 Dallas, TX 75214

$100,000 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in 6248 Oram Condos, Dallas
New
Price $100,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 685
Status Active
MLS # 14280795
Property Type Condo
 
 

7238 Eccles Drive Dallas, TX 75227

$185,000 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Piedmont Rev, Dallas
New
Price $185,000
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,490
Status Active
MLS # 14281087
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6123 Sudbury Drive Dallas, TX 75214

$629,000 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Caruth Terrace, Dallas
New
Price $629,000
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,904
Status Active
MLS # 14281936
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5303 Denton Drive Dallas, TX 75235

$499,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Oak Lawn Heights, Dallas
New
Price $499,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,716
Status Active
MLS # 14282015
Property Type Single Family
 
 

9019 Clearwater Drive Dallas, TX 75243

$269,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Northwood Estates, Dallas
New
Price $269,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,264
Status Active
MLS # 14282785
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4607 Amherst Avenue Dallas, TX 75209

$450,000 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Linwood Place, Dallas
New
Price $450,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,208
Status Active
MLS # 14282793
Property Type Single Family
 
 

17208 Townsley Court Dallas, TX 75248

$535,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Highland Of Mckamy 02, Dallas
New
Price $535,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,247
Status Active
MLS # 14282934
Property Type Single Family
 
 

7050 Pineberry Road Dallas, TX 75249

$126,000 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Woods Duplex, Dallas
New
Price $126,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,056
Status Active
MLS # 14283103
Property Type Half Duplex
 
 

825 Oslo Lane Dallas, TX 75217

$110,000 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Kissell Heights # 2, Dallas
New
Price $110,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 672
Status Active
MLS # 14283141
Property Type Single Family
 
 

441 Goldwood Drive Dallas, TX 75232

$250,000 - 5Br/3Ba - for Sale in Oakland Hills, Dallas
New
Price $250,000
Beds 5
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,752
Status Active
MLS # 14283152
Property Type Single Family
 
 

1737 Oak Hill Circle Dallas, TX 75217

$87,500 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Oak Hill Park Annex, Dallas
New
Price $87,500
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 791
Status Active
MLS # 14283221
Property Type Single Family
 
 

9511 Fieldcrest Court Dallas, TX 75238

$475,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Dahman, Dallas
New
Price $475,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,929
Status Active
MLS # 14283292
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3579 Woodleigh Court Dallas, TX 75229

$339,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Timberbrook 02, Dallas
New
Price $339,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,604
Status Active
MLS # 14283294
Property Type Single Family
 
 

7054 Pineberry Road Dallas, TX 75249

$116,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Woods, Dallas
New
Price $116,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,056
Status Active
MLS # 14283300
Property Type Half Duplex
 
 

15889 Preston Road Unit 2131 Dallas, TX 75248

$109,000 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in London Park Condo, Dallas
New
Price $109,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 793
Status Active
MLS # 14283438
Property Type Condo
 
 

7736 Meadow Road Unit 202 Dallas, TX 75230

$259,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Paradiso Condo Ph 02, Dallas
New
Price $259,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,625
Status Active
MLS # 14283563
Property Type Condo
 
 

5536 Greenbrier Drive Dallas, TX 75209

$2,595,000 - 4Br/7Ba - for Sale in Highway Estates, Dallas
New
Price $2,595,000
Beds 4
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 5,161
Status Active
MLS # 14283687
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5403 Parry Avenue Dallas, TX 75223

$300,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in East We Go Add, Dallas
New
Price $300,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,624
Status Active
MLS # 14283716
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4127 Shady Bend Drive Dallas, TX 75244

$475,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Glen Cove East 2nd Sec, Dallas
New
Price $475,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,366
Status Active
MLS # 14283882
Property Type Single Family
 
 

9527 Arborhill Drive Dallas, TX 75243

$399,900 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Forest Meadows, Dallas
New
Price $399,900
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,396
Status Active
MLS # 14284414
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4324 Cedarbrush Drive Dallas, TX 75229

$600,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in North Highland Estates, Dallas
New
Price $600,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,425
Status Active
MLS # 14284458
Property Type Single Family
 
 

1200 Main Street Unit 1601 Dallas, TX 75202

$455,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Metropolitan 1200 Main St Condo, Dallas
New
Price $455,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,551
Status Active
MLS # 14284464
Property Type Condo
 
 

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