Whether you are a ﬁrst-time home buyer or a veteran in the market, the Mechaley Realty Group will make you comfortable with the buying process and ensure you are satisfied with every aspect of your new home. Please contact us to set up a meeting so we can discuss your individual needs and move forward in making your home ownership dream a reality.
You may also want to take into consideration the following tips:
It’s not just the house
Have your finances in order and be prepared to present a pre-approval letter before you look at your first home. It will be expected when submitting any offer. Prioritize your needs and wants and let your REALTOR® know. Consider the neighborhood schools. Even if you do not have children, consider things that can impact the home's resale value such as access to major roads, emergency services, shopping and amenities.
Finding the neighborhood that’s right for you
Finding the right neighborhood can be a challenge so begin by creating a checklist of the features that are important to you. Maybe you prefer an older, more established neighborhood. Maybe you like being in a brand new area. Whatever your preferences, write them down and rank them in order of importance. It’s a good idea to pick the neighborhood first.
New vs. Existing
One question to consider when buying a home is whether you’re better suited to an existing house or new construction. A newly built home allows you to customize many elements; however, an advantage to buying an existing home is that the neighborhood is already established. You can see what’s around the corner, who your neighbors are, and what kind of growth is taking place. New versus existing – both have advantages. And remember….having a REALTOR® represent you in the purchase of new construction does not cost you anything! All reputable builders will cooperate with REALTORS® and you are not penalized for having representation.
Touring the homes
Your agent will show you 4-6 homes per day. Any more than that puts your brain on overload. Bring a camera, but be sure you have permission to take pictures of the home. Take copious notes. If you are looking for homes for more than one day, you will not remember the details of all of the homes. Prioritize them as your #1, #2, #3 choice so that you can go back later and take another look at your top choices.
Making an offer
Now that you’ve found the perfect home, and you’re ready to make an offer, your REALTOR® will explain that you must put everything in writing in order for the Seller to give your offer serious consideration. Your REALTOR® can help you construct your offer and guide you through the maze of forms.
Put yourself in the Seller’s shoes
Ask yourself why the seller is selling the house. Try and understand why the seller bought the home in the first place. Are his priorities in line with yours? Did he buy for investment purposes? If so, is the investment still good? In the end, the home buying process comes down to the individuals buying and selling the home. A closer look at the seller may help you in deciding whether and for how much to buy the particular home.
An inspection is a good investment
Whether you decide on new or existing construction, your REALTOR® will recommend an inspection of the property by a professional, licensed real estate inspector. A home inspection goes beyond the cosmetics to give you a better look at what’s behind the walls. This is never a good place to “save money”.
Information obtained from the Texas Association of REALTORS®
Working with an Agent who knows and understands the area you are moving to is always a plus. If you are transitioning to The Woodlands or The Woodlands area from any other city, be assured that you will love this diverse and exciting community. If you are moving within The Woodlands, you may be looking at a different neighborhood to suit a changing lifestyle. Whatever your familiarity with The Woodlands or The Woodlands area, rest-assured that as long-time residents, the Mechaley Realty Group knows every neighborhood and can help you pick what is right for you.
The Woodlands area has so much to oﬀer as a whole and with a ﬁnger on the pulse of
listings throughout a wide-range of communities, the Mechaley Realty Group can help
you explore the characteristics that are most important for your needs.
The Mechaley Realty Group is committed to seeing your dream through to the end. With many years of
experience in the local real estate market, we can help you figure out what you can afford
and get you the advice you need throughout the process.
MECHALEY REALTY GROUP
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring
6620 Woodlands Pkwy
The Woodlands, TX 77382
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated.