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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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2727 Reagan Street Unit A Dallas, TX 75219

$265,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in 2727 Reagan Condos, Dallas
New
Price $265,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 983
Status Active
MLS # 14258895
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

6331 Lakeshore Drive Dallas, TX 75214

$699,000 - 4Br/5Ba - for Sale in Lakewood Heights, Dallas
New
Price $699,000
Beds 4
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 4,198
Status Active
MLS # 14259379
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6217 Latta Street Dallas, TX 75227

$185,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Parkdale, Dallas
New
Price $185,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,300
Status Active
MLS # 14260411
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6867 Gaston Avenue Dallas, TX 75214

$689,000 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Gaston Place, Dallas
New
Price $689,000
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,340
Status Active
MLS # 14263151
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4327 Penelope Street Dallas, TX 75210

$89,000 - 2Br/1Ba - for Sale in Aa Franklin's Add, Dallas
New
Price $89,000
Beds 2
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,118
Status Active
MLS # 14263564
Property Type Single Family
 
 

2100 Fitzhugh Avenue Unit H Dallas, TX 75204

$325,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in 2100 N Fitzshugh Condos Bldg 1, Dallas
New
Price $325,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,394
Status Active
MLS # 14263803
Property Type Condo
 
 

1919 Peak Street Dallas, TX 75204

$349,900 - 3Br/1Ba - for Sale in Haskell Place, Dallas
New
Price $349,900
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,246
Status Active
MLS # 14263808
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4080 Windhaven Lane Dallas, TX 75287

$250,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Bently Court, Dallas
New
Price $250,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,416
Status Active
MLS # 14263816
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4403 Bluffview Boulevard Dallas, TX 75209

$2,995,000 - 5Br/7Ba - for Sale in Bluffview Estates, Dallas
New
Price $2,995,000
Beds 5
Baths 7
Living Area SqFt 6,207
Status Active
MLS # 14263851
Property Type Single Family
 
 

1971 Angelina Drive Dallas, TX 75212

$359,900 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Roosevelt Manor 2nd Inst, Dallas
New
Price $359,900
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,350
Status Active
MLS # 14263862
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4147 Wycliff Avenue Unit 102 Dallas, TX 75219

$205,000 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Wycliff Ave Condo 4147-4151, Dallas
New
Price $205,000
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,093
Status Active
MLS # 14263867
Property Type Condo
 
 

5138 Vanderbilt Avenue Dallas, TX 75206

$789,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Greenland Hills, Dallas
New
Price $789,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,100
Status Active
MLS # 14263891
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3510 Kiestcrest Drive Dallas, TX 75233

$239,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Kiest Forest, Dallas
New
Price $239,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 2,178
Status Active
MLS # 14263896
Property Type Single Family
 
 

4000 Rawlins Street Unit 101 Dallas, TX 75219

$249,900 - 2Br/3Ba - for Sale in Rawlins Place Condo 4000, Dallas
New
Price $249,900
Beds 2
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 1,112
Status Active
MLS # 14263928
Property Type Condo
 
 

123 Jester Avenue Dallas, TX 75211

$145,000 - 4Br/2Ba - for Sale in Beverly Hill, Dallas
New
Price $145,000
Beds 4
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,416
Status Active
MLS # 14263709
Property Type Single Family
 
 

733 Monssen Drive Dallas, TX 75224

$425,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Wynnewood, Dallas
New
Price $425,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,960
Status Active
MLS # 14236527
Property Type Single Family
 
 

3701 Turtle Creek Boulevard Unit 7br Dallas, TX 75219

$329,000 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Turtle Creek North Condo, Dallas
New
Price $329,000
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,110
Status Active
MLS # 14244098
Property Type Condo
 
 

10409 Sunshine Circle Dallas, TX 75238

$499,900 - 4Br/4Ba - for Sale in Royal Hlnds Place, Dallas
New
Price $499,900
Beds 4
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 3,382
Status Active
MLS # 14254636
Property Type Single Family
 
 

6640 Eastridge Drive Unit 140 Dallas, TX 75231

$85,000 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in Eastridge Terrace Condo, Dallas
New
Price $85,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 755
Status Active
MLS # 14256351
Property Type Condo
 
 

4039 Holland Avenue Unit A Dallas, TX 75219

$690,000 - 3Br/4Ba - for Sale in Kienast, Dallas
New
Price $690,000
Beds 3
Baths 4
Living Area SqFt 2,549
Status Active
MLS # 14259201
Property Type Townhouse
 
 

4021 Cole Avenue Unit 204 Dallas, TX 75204

$168,500 - 2Br/2Ba - for Sale in Central Park Condo, Dallas
New
Price $168,500
Beds 2
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,030
Status Active
MLS # 14259345
Property Type Condo
 
 

2936 Shenstone Drive Dallas, TX 75228

$140,000 - 3Br/1Ba - for Sale in Linda Terrace, Dallas
New
Price $140,000
Beds 3
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 1,213
Status Active
MLS # 14259627
Property Type Single Family
 
 

9815 Walnut Street Unit H201 Dallas, TX 75243

$69,000 - 1Br/1Ba - for Sale in Richland Trace Condos, Dallas
New
Price $69,000
Beds 1
Baths 1
Living Area SqFt 774
Status Active
MLS # 14259812
Property Type Condo
 
 

5015 Menefee Drive Dallas, TX 75227

$244,000 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Buckner Terrace Add 01 Instl 04, Dallas
New
Price $244,000
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 2,019
Status Active
MLS # 14260717
Property Type Single Family
 
 

2941 Saint David Drive Dallas, TX 75233

$199,000 - 3Br/2Ba - for Sale in Encino Hills, Dallas
New
Price $199,000
Beds 3
Baths 2
Living Area SqFt 1,429
Status Active
MLS # 14261245
Property Type Single Family
 
 

11321 Dujon Lane Dallas, TX 75218

$564,500 - 4Br/3Ba - for Sale in Enclave Wyrick Estates, Dallas
New
Price $564,500
Beds 4
Baths 3
Living Area SqFt 3,558
Status Active
MLS # 14261760
Property Type Single Family
 
 

7204 Claybrook Drive Dallas, TX 75231

$599,000 - 5Br/5Ba - for Sale in Merriman Park Estates 05, Dallas
New
Price $599,000
Beds 5
Baths 5
Living Area SqFt 3,589
Status Active
MLS # 14261763
Property Type Single Family
 
 

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