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How to Buy a House in Rowlett

First Time List for Buyers Purchasing in Rowlett
Posted: June 22, 2011 by Larry and Cathy Ostmeyer

In the market for a new home?  Don't know where to start?  Below are some tips that will start you on your way when looking at homes.  Remember that we are here for you so you don't have to go through it alone.
Home ownership will give you and your family a sense pride, stability and security. But remember buying your first house can be both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. You may be very anxious to find the perfect home, but it's wise to exercise some patience and be cautious in your search. Don't let your emotions  take over and get the best of you. 

  • Get pre-qualified by a reputable lender so that you know how much home you can afford. 
  • Be sure to take a look at all the programs available to first time home buyers.
  • Find a good real estate agent to guide you through the process of home buying and negotiating.  
  • Look at homes on the Internet to get an idea of the type of home you want, neighborhood, etc.
  • Before you actually begin looking at homes, think about how you live and make a list of must-haves, things you don't want, and items that would be pluses but aren't necessities.

When you begin looking at homes:

  • Bring a digital camera and begin each series of photos with a close-up of the house number and front of home to identify where each group of home photos start and end.
  • Take a clipboard to take notes of unusual features, colors and design elements.
  • Pay attention to the home's surroundings. What is next door? Do 2-story homes tower over the single story you are viewing?
  • Do you like the location? Is it near a park or a power plant? Is it near a busy street? Do you need to be close to your job? Do you need to be close to a school?
  • Immediately after leaving, rate each home on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.
  • When you have narrowed the list down to two or three homes that you like, go back again and look at the home, drive the area, and talk to the neighbors if possible.



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