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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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4107 Ladale Drive Dallas, TX 75212

$157,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Olive-dale, Dallas
New
Price $157,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,056
Status Active
MLS # 14486757
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4124 Cole Unit 205 Dallas, TX 75204

$289,900 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Studio Condo 11, Dallas
New
Price $289,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,025
Status Active
MLS # 14497355
Property Type Condo
 
 

4105 Clover Lane Dallas, TX 75220

$1,325,000 - 4Br/5Ba - for Sale in Northway Estates, Dallas
New
Price $1,325,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,195
Status Active
MLS # 14499177
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5619 Preston Oaks Road Unit 905 Dallas, TX 75254

$182,500 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Oaks Of Preston Ridge Condo, Dallas
New
Price $182,500
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 943
Status Active
MLS # 14499330
Property Type Condo
 
 

2634 Cypress Avenue Dallas, TX 75227

$189,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Allan Sub, Dallas
New
Price $189,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,600
Status Active
MLS # 14499103
Property Type Single Family
 
 

1519 Marfa Dallas, TX 75216

$234,900 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Liberty Heights, Dallas
New
Price $234,900
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,919
Status Active
MLS # 14499096
Property Type Single Family
 
 

9946 Vistadale Drive Dallas, TX 75238

$509,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in White Rock North, Dallas
New
Price $509,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,286
Status Active
MLS # 14499146
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3225 Turtle Creek Boulevard Unit 1105 Dallas, TX 75219

$185,000 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in Renaissance On Turtle Creek Condo, Dallas
New
Price $185,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 712
Status Active
MLS # 14499147
Property Type Condo
 
 

1622 Marsalis Avenue Dallas, TX 75216

$249,900 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Trinity Heights, Dallas
New
Price $249,900
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,170
Status Active
MLS # 14499155
Property Type Single Family
 
 

7221 Tokalon Drive Dallas, TX 75214

$849,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Monticello, Dallas
New
Price $849,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,528
Status Active
MLS # 14496019
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5104 Watson Drive Dallas, TX 75241

$240,000 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Goldmine 03, Dallas
New
Price $240,000
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,554
Status Active
MLS # 14493876
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6707 Glenhurst Drive Dallas, TX 75254

$999,000 - 5Br/6Ba - for Sale in Northwood Hills Estates, Dallas
New
Price $999,000
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 4,904
Status Active
MLS # 14494772
Property Type Single Family
 
 

13621 New Castle Drive Farmers Branch, TX 75244

$390,000 - 3Br/4Ba - for Sale in Cambridge Crossing, Farmers Branch
New
Price $390,000
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,301
Status Active
MLS # 14495331
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

5142 Miller Avenue Dallas, TX 75206

$875,000 - 3Br/4Ba - for Sale in Vickery Park, Dallas
New
Price $875,000
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,650
Status Active
MLS # 14497662
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

1223 Waverly Dallas, TX 75208

$345,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Sunset Annex, Dallas
New
Price $345,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,800
Status Active
MLS # 14498846
Property Type Single Family
 
 

8309 Foxhaven Drive Dallas, TX 75249

$240,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Mountain Crk Mdws Ph Iii, Dallas
New
Price $240,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,791
Status Active
MLS # 14498594
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6816 Sunshade Lane Dallas, TX 75236

$489,900 - 4Br/4Ba - for Sale in Estates Of Grady Niblo Ph 2, Dallas
New
Price $489,900
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 4,500
Status Active
MLS # 14498985
Property Type Single Family
 
 

1054 Shadyside Lane Dallas, TX 75223

$750,000 - 4Br/5Ba - for Sale in Kensington Gardens Ph 1, Dallas
New
Price $750,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,652
Status Active
MLS # 14495104
Property Type Single Family
 
 

15615 Preston Road Unit 1014 Dallas, TX 75248

$359,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Preston Del Norte Villas Condos, Dallas
New
Price $359,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,258
Status Active
MLS # 14497169
Property Type Condo
 
 

12680 Hillcrest Road Unit 2101 Dallas, TX 75230

$229,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Williamsburg Condo Ph 01, Dallas
New
Price $229,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,465
Status Active
MLS # 14495968
Property Type Condo
 
 

18155 Whispering Gables Lane Dallas, TX 75287

$275,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Bent Tree Gables, Dallas
New
Price $275,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,327
Status Active
MLS # 14476306
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4915 Hall Street Dallas, TX 75235

$184,915 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Westbury Park Condo, Dallas
New
Price $184,915
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,147
Status Active
MLS # 14492591
Property Type Condo
 
 

6335 Palo Pinto Avenue Dallas, TX 75214

$459,000 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Lakewood Heights, Dallas
New
Price $459,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 816
Status Active
MLS # 14498657
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3505 Turtle Creek Boulevard Unit 18c Dallas, TX 75219

$5,490,000 - 4Br/6Ba - for Sale in Vendome On Turtle Creek, Dallas
New
Price $5,490,000
Beds 4
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 6,638
Status Active
MLS # 14499088
Property Type Condo
 
 

3636 Stratford Avenue Highland Park, TX 75205

$4,800,000 - 4Br/5Ba - for Sale in Highland Park, Highland Park
New
Price $4,800,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 5,757
Status Active
MLS # 14499022
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4727 Thunder Road Dallas, TX 75244

$660,000 - 4Br/4Ba - for Sale in Schreiber Manor 03 Inst Rev, Dallas
New
Price $660,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,562
Status Active
MLS # 14497521
Property Type Single Family
 
 

2827 Curvilinear Court Dallas, TX 75227

$245,000 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Blanton Estates, Dallas
New
Price $245,000
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,200
Status Active
MLS # 14498401
Property Type Single Family
 
 

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