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Buying Tips

The Number One Buying Tip

A professional REALTOR® (like me!) can make finding your perfect new home a lot easier! Give me a call at 817-230-4008.

Starting Out

Before you begin your home search, try answering some of these questions.

  • Where do you want to live? Location is the one thing about your home that you cannot change.
  • Do you want a new or pre-owned house? If pre-owned, how old? Are you willing to update an older house to suit your tastes?
  • How much space do you currently live in? Need more? Need less?
  • What do you like or dislike about your current home?
  • What features have you seen in other homes that you like or dislike?
  • How many stories do you want?
  • If you want a two-story home, do you want the owners suite upstairs or down?
  • What features do you need in the kitchen? Does it need to be open to the family room?
  • If you have children, do they need their own game room?
  • Do you have any pieces of furniture that need a special wall or space, such as a big screen TV?
  • How large a backyard do you want?
  • How much time and money do you want to devote to yard care?
  • Do you want a swimming pool?
  • How important are mature trees to you?
  • What kind of community do you want to live in? Lots of organized activities and shared recreational facilities or a neighborhood with a quieter, private atmosphere?
  • How important is the quality of the school district to you? Is there a particular school district you want to focus on?
  • What other special needs do you have?


Since October, 2015, the mortgage and title industries have been working with very strict new rules from the Consumer Finance Protection Board (CFPB). We have adapted pretty well to the new rules but the entire mortgage and closing process is taking longer than it used to.

My best advice is to give me a call so we can talk about how this might effect you. I can give you the names of several very qualified loan officers who will be able to help. One thing they can do is run you through the entire approval process including underwriting, before you start looking. This gives you a big advantage when you make an offer in a tight market.

Searching for Your Perfect Home

After you have an idea of what you'd like in your new home, it's time to begin your search. Many of my clients begin their home search on the internet before calling me. This will give you a general idea of what is available and at what price. But I hope you will contact me early in the process. Remember that I already know the neighborhoods and see many homes each week. I can generally save you a lot of time. After we talk I can conduct searches, eliminate those that I know have issues like poor location and give you a list of viable prospects that we can tour together.

Making an Offer

When we find a property that you would like to purchase, I will help you write an offer. This will include providing you with information on properties that recently sold in the neighborhood. This helps us to arrive at an offer for the home you're interested in and structure it to best suits your goals.

Inspection and Repairs

After we have a contract agreed to, we will have the home inspected and I will help you negotiate any needed repairs with the seller. This is a separate negotiation process and can be somewhat difficult. I will help you make it through it with as little stress as possible.


I will be with you throughout the period prior to closing and at closing itself. I work hard to make sure that everyone is doing their job to ensure a smooth process. If we run into problems I will alert you immediately and assist you in remedying them.