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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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503 Winnetka Avenue Dallas, TX 75208

$315,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Winnetka Heights, Dallas
New
Price $315,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,617
Status Active
MLS # 14286039
Property Type Single Family
 
 

630 Hampton Road Dallas, TX 75208

$284,900 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in West Kessler Heights, Dallas
New
Price $284,900
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,300
Status Active
MLS # 14313885
Property Type Single Family
 
 

2208 Alterbrook Lane Dallas, TX 75219

$349,900 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Cedar Branch, Dallas
New
Price $349,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,532
Status Active
MLS # 14314382
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

114 Montclair Avenue Dallas, TX 75208

$437,500 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Winnetka Heights, Dallas
New
Price $437,500
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,654
Status Active
MLS # 14314398
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3225 Turtle Creek Boulevard Unit 1432 Dallas, TX 75219

$248,500 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in Renaissance On Turtle Creek Condo, Dallas
New
Price $248,500
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 832
Status Active
MLS # 14302140
Property Type Condo
 
 

5139 Berridge Lane Dallas, TX 75227

$209,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Everglade Park 5th Sec, Dallas
New
Price $209,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,477
Status Active
MLS # 14303221
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6417 Humoresque Drive Dallas, TX 75241

$170,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Singing Hills, Dallas
New
Price $170,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,092
Status Active
MLS # 14306085
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3036 Latham Drive Dallas, TX 75229

$325,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Royal Haven Rev, Dallas
New
Price $325,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,072
Status Active
MLS # 14306180
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6734 Webster Street Dallas, TX 75209

$240,000 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Webster & Woods North Park, Dallas
New
Price $240,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,008
Status Active
MLS # 14306248
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5701 Antares Court Dallas, TX 75252

$764,900 - 5Br/5Ba - for Sale in Bent Trail #1, Dallas
New
Price $764,900
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,148
Status Active
MLS # 14307852
Property Type Single Family
 
 

7333 Valley View Lane Unit 707 Dallas, TX 75240

$309,900 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in White Rock Trail, Dallas
New
Price $309,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,350
Status Active
MLS # 14307971
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

9112 Coral Cove Drive Dallas, TX 75243

$379,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Town Creek, Dallas
New
Price $379,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,176
Status Active
MLS # 14308593
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6065 Milton Street Unit 233 Dallas, TX 75206

$215,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Arbor Court Condo, Dallas
New
Price $215,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 955
Status Active
MLS # 14309153
Property Type Condo
 
 

5125 Del Roy Drive Dallas, TX 75229

$2,100,000 - 5Br/6Ba - for Sale in Hockaday Square Add 03, Dallas
New
Price $2,100,000
Beds 5
Baths 6
Living Area SqFt 5,813
Status Active
MLS # 14309400
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5932 Woodoak Drive Dallas, TX 75249

$218,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Fox Hollow, Dallas
New
Price $218,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,647
Status Active
MLS # 14309952
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4221 Cole Avenue Unit 201 Dallas, TX 75205

$269,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Cole Ave Condominium, Dallas
New
Price $269,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,218
Status Active
MLS # 14310129
Property Type Condo
 
 

5807 Wofford Avenue Dallas, TX 75227

$199,000 - 3Br/1Ba - for Sale in Parkdale Club Rev, Dallas
New
Price $199,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,200
Status Active
MLS # 14310135
Property Type Single Family
 
 

7660 Skillman Unit 204 Dallas, TX 75231

$57,500 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in Dutch Creek Condos, Dallas
New
Price $57,500
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 660
Status Active
MLS # 14310198
Property Type Condo
 
 

9860 Shoreview Road Dallas, TX 75238

$439,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Lake Ridge Estates 3, Dallas
New
Price $439,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,908
Status Active
MLS # 14310216
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3704 Binkley Avenue University Park, TX 75205

$649,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Mount Vernon Annex Rep, University Park
New
Price $649,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,965
Status Active
MLS # 14310506
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6406 Medici Place Dallas, TX 75252

$375,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Davenport Meadows Add Ph 4, Dallas
New
Price $375,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,509
Status Active
MLS # 14311422
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

4933 Skillman Street Unit 251 Dallas, TX 75206

$239,900 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Danbury Condo, Dallas
New
Price $239,900
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,136
Status Active
MLS # 14312818
Property Type Condo
 
 

6910 Gateridge Drive Dallas, TX 75254

$775,000 - 3Br/4Ba - for Sale in Northwood Hills, Dallas
New
Price $775,000
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,628
Status Active
MLS # 14313244
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4907 Gaston Avenue Dallas, TX 75214

$929,900 - 4Br/4Ba - for Sale in Munger Place, Dallas
New
Price $929,900
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 4,058
Status Active
MLS # 14313429
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3008 Golfing Green Drive Farmers Branch, TX 75234

$224,500 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Valwood Park 11, Farmers Branch
New
Price $224,500
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,053
Status Active
MLS # 14313884
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6331 Lakeshore Drive Dallas, TX 75214

$670,000 - 4Br/5Ba - for Sale in Lakewood Heights, Dallas
New
Price $670,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,198
Status Active
MLS # 14314124
Property Type Single Family
 
 

9942 Estate Lane Dallas, TX 75238

$375,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Lake North Estates 01 Instl, Dallas
New
Price $375,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,642
Status Active
MLS # 14314226
Property Type Single Family
 
 

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