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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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Dallas TX 75231

$144,990 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Skillman Bend Condo, Dallas
New
Price $144,990
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 964
Status Active
MLS # 14355381
Property Type Condo
 
 

626 Masters Drive Dallas, TX 75217

$100,000 - 4Br/1Ba - for Sale in Old Virginia Plantations Plant, Dallas
New
Price $100,000
Beds 4
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,096
Status Active
MLS # 14356286
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6211 Northwest Highway Unit G712 Dallas, TX 75225

$237,000 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in Preston Tower Condominiums, Dallas
New
Price $237,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 710
Status Active
MLS # 14339612
Property Type Condo
 
 

3225 Turtle Creek Boulevard Unit 932 Dallas, TX 75219

$225,000 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in Renaissance On Turtle Creek Condo, Dallas
New
Price $225,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 832
Status Active
MLS # 14347669
Property Type Condo
 
 

3116 Harwood Street Dallas, TX 75215

$700,000 - 3Br/1Ba - for Sale in Edgewood Place, Dallas
New
Price $700,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,050
Status Active
MLS # 14348957
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3615 High Mesa Drive Dallas, TX 75234

$264,900 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Highland Meadows, Dallas
New
Price $264,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,504
Status Active
MLS # 14349928
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3850 Boca Bay Drive Dallas, TX 75244

$550,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Glen Cove Add Instl 01, Dallas
New
Price $550,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,229
Status Active
MLS # 14350136
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4837 Cedar Springs Road Unit 215 Dallas, TX 75219

$128,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in River Oaks Condo, Dallas
New
Price $128,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 961
Status Active
MLS # 14350317
Property Type Condo
 
 

1600 Abrams Road Unit 28 Dallas, TX 75214

$339,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Stratford At Lakewood Condos, Dallas
New
Price $339,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,618
Status Active
MLS # 14351017
Property Type Condo
 
 

13949 Far Hills Lane Dallas, TX 75240

$450,000 - 5Br/3Ba - for Sale in Hillcrest Homes 4th Sec, Dallas
New
Price $450,000
Beds 5
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,519
Status Active
MLS # 14351757
Property Type Single Family
 
 

855 Brookhurst Drive Dallas, TX 75218

$469,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Lake Terrace, Dallas
New
Price $469,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,725
Status Active
MLS # 14352242
Property Type Single Family
 
 

434 Westmoreland Road Dallas, TX 75211

$235,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Irwindell Add, Dallas
New
Price $235,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,246
Status Active
MLS # 14352852
Property Type Single Family
 
 

2933 Sinbad Circle Farmers Branch, TX 75234

$316,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Valwood Park 11, Farmers Branch
New
Price $316,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,109
Status Active
MLS # 14353066
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5633 Matalee Avenue Dallas, TX 75206

$549,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Webster & Boedekers, Dallas
New
Price $549,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,451
Status Active
MLS # 14353418
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4502 Abbott Avenue Unit 301 Highland Park, TX 75205

$1,550,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Mondara Condos, Highland Park
New
Price $1,550,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,131
Status Active
MLS # 14353512
Property Type Condo
 
 

1132 Ballard Avenue Dallas, TX 75208

$435,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Miller & Stemmons, Dallas
New
Price $435,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,160
Status Active
MLS # 14354007
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3439 Goldendale Drive Farmers Branch, TX 75234

$359,900 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Town North Estates, Farmers Branch
New
Price $359,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,996
Status Active
MLS # 14354389
Property Type Single Family
 
 

9448 Spring Branch Drive Dallas, TX 75238

$555,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in White Rock North, Dallas
New
Price $555,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,145
Status Active
MLS # 14354680
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6514 Clearhaven Circle Dallas, TX 75248

$534,000 - 5Br/4Ba - for Sale in Prestonwood 15 Sec 1, Dallas
New
Price $534,000
Beds 5
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,196
Status Active
MLS # 14354923
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4520 Junius Street Dallas, TX 75246

$550,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Peaks Sub, Dallas
New
Price $550,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,629
Status Active
MLS # 14354942
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3460 Bevann Drive Farmers Branch, TX 75234

$385,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Crestbrook Estates, Farmers Branch
New
Price $385,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,067
Status Active
MLS # 14355016
Property Type Single Family
 
 

9021 Aldwick Drive Dallas, TX 75238

$559,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Lake Ridge Estates, Dallas
New
Price $559,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,142
Status Active
MLS # 14355256
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6280 Malcolm Dallas, TX 75214

$426,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Meadow Dale, Dallas
New
Price $426,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,289
Status Active
MLS # 14355587
Property Type Single Family
 
 

10202 Northlake Drive Dallas, TX 75218

$339,900 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Lake Highlands Estates, Dallas
Open House
New
Price $339,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,221
Status Active
MLS # 14355728
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4407 Northwest Highway Dallas, TX 75220

$749,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Lansdowne Estates, Dallas
New
Price $749,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,520
Status Active
MLS # 14355830
Property Type Single Family
 
 

525 Classen Drive Dallas, TX 75218

$354,999 - 3Br/1Ba - for Sale in Lake Highlands Estates, Dallas
New
Price $354,999
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,204
Status Active
MLS # 14355842
Property Type Single Family
 
 

1006 Shadyside Lane Dallas, TX 75223

$650,000 - 4Br/5Ba - for Sale in Kensington Gardens Ph 1, Dallas
New
Price $650,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 2,917
Status Active
MLS # 14355922
Property Type Single Family
 
 

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