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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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1046 Windomere Avenue Dallas, TX 75208

$737,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Kessler Square, Dallas
New
Price $737,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,896
Status Active Kick Out
MLS # 14554553
Property Type Single Family
 
 

100 Brown Street Wylie, TX 75098

$398,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Railroad, Wylie
New
Price $398,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,379
Status Active
MLS # 14555918
Property Type Single Family
 
 

High Me High Meadow Dallas, TX 75234

$339,900 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Dallas
Open House
New
Price $339,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,504
Status Active
MLS # 14555831
Property Type Single Family
 
 

2814 La Prada Court Dallas, TX 75228

$300,000 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in La Prada Villas, Dallas
New
Price $300,000
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,687
Status Active
MLS # 14549918
Property Type Single Family
 
 

7931 Texridge Drive Dallas, TX 75232

$142,999 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Evergreen Meadows, Dallas
New
Price $142,999
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,244
Status Active
MLS # 14555872
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4446 Tacoma Street Dallas, TX 75216

$103,000 - 3Br/1Ba - for Sale in Hurts R M, Dallas
New
Price $103,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,304
Status Active
MLS # 14556036
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3656 Sable Ridge Drive Dallas, TX 75287

$495,000 - 4Br/4Ba - for Sale in Bent Tree Hills, Dallas
New
Price $495,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,668
Status Active
MLS # 14554884
Property Type Single Family
 
 

7324 Brierfield Drive Dallas, TX 75232

$240,000 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Cliff Country Club Estates, Dallas
New
Price $240,000
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,420
Status Active
MLS # 14555817
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6134 Stapleford Circle Dallas, TX 75252

$549,900 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Cambridge Gate, Dallas
New
Price $549,900
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,756
Status Active
MLS # 14554887
Property Type Single Family
 
 

2943 Magnolia Hill Court Dallas, TX 75201

$1,300,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Magnolia Hill, Dallas
New
Price $1,300,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,422
Status Active
MLS # 14544310
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

6017 Sandhurst Lane Unit D Dallas, TX 75206

$249,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Sandhurst Manor, Dallas
New
Price $249,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,361
Status Active
MLS # 14555818
Property Type Condo
 
 

7320 Park Lake Drive Dallas, TX 75230

$765,000 - 4Br/4Ba - for Sale in Lake Forest Ph F, Dallas
New
Price $765,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,972
Status Active
MLS # 14543575
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5718 Mccommas Boulevard Unit 202 Dallas, TX 75206

$405,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Greenwood Flats Condos, Dallas
New
Price $405,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,684
Status Active
MLS # 14554337
Property Type Condo
 
 

9321 Hunters Creek Drive Dallas, TX 75243

$445,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Forest Meadows, Dallas
New
Price $445,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,354
Status Active
MLS # 14531588
Property Type Single Family
 
 

14333 Preston Road Unit 2601 Dallas, TX 75254

$180,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Preston On The Lake Condos, Dallas
New
Price $180,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,221
Status Active
MLS # 14555730
Property Type Condo
 
 

10203 Regal Oaks Drive Unit 201 Dallas, TX 75230

$195,000 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in Paradiso Condo Ph 01, Dallas
New
Price $195,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 925
Status Active
MLS # 14555901
Property Type Condo
 
 

7735 Claremont Drive Dallas, TX 75228

$259,999 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Claremont 06 Inst, Dallas
New
Price $259,999
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,384
Status Active
MLS # 14555938
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5906 Bentwood Trail Dallas, TX 75252

$650,000 - 4Br/4Ba - for Sale in Bent Trail Add Ph One, Dallas
New
Price $650,000
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,365
Status Active
MLS # 14554437
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4335 Glenwick Lane University Park, TX 75205

$1,125,000 - 4Br/5Ba - for Sale in Highland Park High School, University Park
New
Price $1,125,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,170
Status Active
MLS # 14554787
Property Type Single Family
 
 

5327 Bonita Avenue Dallas, TX 75206

$531,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Vickery Place, Dallas
New
Price $531,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,488
Status Active
MLS # 14554645
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4209 Greenbrier Drive University Park, TX 75225

$1,445,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Preston Homes Add, University Park
New
Price $1,445,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,436
Status Active
MLS # 14555903
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6056 Jim Miller Road Dallas, TX 75228

$418,500 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Buckner Terrace 06 Sec 03 Inst, Dallas
New
Price $418,500
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,248
Status Active
MLS # 14556005
Property Type Single Family
 
 

10006 Hickory Crossing Dallas, TX 75243

$400,000 - 3Br/3Ba - for Sale in Country Forest Ph 02, Dallas
New
Price $400,000
Beds 3
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,680
Status Active
MLS # 14554110
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4055 Throckmorton Street Dallas, TX 75219

$699,900 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Towns At Throckmorton, Dallas
New
Price $699,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,699
Status Active
MLS # 14553216
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

1106 Ikard Street Henrietta, TX 76365

$59,000 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Rodgers, Henrietta
New
Price $59,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 768
Status Active
MLS # 14556118
Property Type Single Family
 
 

1771 Mccoy Street Unit 305 Dallas, TX 75204

$529,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Murname, Dallas
New
Price $529,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,189
Status Active
MLS # 14556028
Property Type Condo
 
 

1771 Mccoy Street Unit 101 Dallas, TX 75204

$499,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Murname, Dallas
New
Price $499,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,189
Status Active
MLS # 14556039
Property Type Condo
 
 

What People Are Saying

  • Highly recommend Kevin. We worked with him for both the sale of our existing home and purchase of our new home. Even though Kevin did not get paid the usual commission, he provided excellent service and representation.

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    back2fab
    8/24/2020

    Overall pretty good, knowledge and response pretty quick. listing strategy need to improve little bit. and wish really help me thru the all the buying process.. I bought with builder but had some issue, hope he also involve more part to it, especially the CLOSING process.

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    wangyix4
    6/16/2020

    My wife and I could not have been more impressed with Johnny's dedication and responsiveness to working our way through 75 listings of homes. He was there when needed and asked. His motivation and effort put forth was outstanding! Lloyd and Mary

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    mickey1954 mm
    11/06/2019
  • Casey was recommened to us by a family member. We were really nervous about selling our house in the middle of the COVID-19 shelter in place time period. We needed to sell within a month or so in order to proceed with our new build that we started back in 2019. With this in mind, Casey was ready to take the challenge.

    Casey and Bill showed up to the house on time, and we were all on the same page for listing time, price, and details. The next day, pictures of the house were taken, and the following day our house was on the market. The next 4 days, we had over 1,000 views, 100 saves, 12 showings, and 4 offers! None of that would have been possible without the expertise of the photos, details, and networking of Your Home Free. After a couple of negotiations with the assistance of Casey, we sold the house for a full price offer! Our house was on the market for less than a week! We are so glad we went with Bill and Casey, and would recommend them for any home sell!

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    sarahmccue1318
    6/14/2020

    The Bill Nelson Team is fantastic. They walked us through the whole process and made it as easy as possible. Their office is extremely efficient and everything is streamlined so that you can get answers quickly and your home listed extremely fast. Due to their 3D home tour and high quality photos,...

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    roxygirl05gm
    2/11/2020

    I have bought and sold 4 houses through Bill and his team. In the process, I have saved over $80k in realtor commissions. His team provides a very high level of service and quite frankly, I don’t know why anyone would use someone else.

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