Top 5 Tips for House Hunters


When shopping for a new home, it’s easy to get swept away by a property’s most charming characteristics — and to play down important things you may regret later. Define your priorities early on to streamline the house-hunting process.


Below are five tips to help you stay organized and focused:


Location matters.  Location is a key consideration when choosing a home, and there are multiple factors that can affect your decision. Just a few of these include schools, commute times to work, and local amenities such as nearby restaurants, shopping and attractions.


List your priorities. You’ll save hours of shopping for a home if you list what you need and want in a home ahead of time. Zero in on the features you must have, would like to have, would prefer not to have — and definitely don’t want.


Get pre-approved for a mortgage. How much you can pay for a home is a function of your income, creditworthiness, interest rates, the type of loan and how much cash you have for the down payment and closing costs. Rather than guessing, ask a mortgage banker to give you a full assessment and a pre-approval letter stating how much you’re qualified to borrow. A great place to start is at Home Team Mortgage, Ebby Halliday’s affiliated mortgage company.


Use a checklist. Touring multiple properties is a confusing experience for most buyers. Rather than trying to rely on your memory, make notes about the homes you visit. Turn your priorities into a personalized home-shopping checklist and use it to track features of each property.


Relax.  Buying a home is a major life-altering event, but it’s not worth getting too stressed out. As with all major occasions in life, it’s important to keep the experience in perspective.


Today’s homebuyers have access to a wealth of information, but may not have a way to tailor it to their needs. That’s where a real estate professional can save you a great deal of time and money. To find just the right agent for your real estate needs and to view properties for sale in North Texas, visit For information on loan pre-approval, visit


Of The Day: 7 tips for house hunting


7 house hunting tips


While perusing the blog of one of our sister companies in the Enterprise Network, Helen Adams Realty, in Charlotte, N.C., we stumbled across a video we had to share with you on today’s OTD. This video, from HGTV’s Front Door, outlines the seven biggest things to think about when you’re house hunting.


Even though Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter, we know going to start feeling like spring pretty soon in D-FW. We’ve already told you what spring means– the peak of the residential real estate market. After you find your realtor, you should keep these things in mind during your house hunt. It’s important not to waste your time driving all around town without some sort of game plan in mind. Here are the short points, but watch the video for full details.


1. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

2. Work with an expert.

3. Figure out fair market value of the property.

4. Compare home prices.

5. Future renovations will increase the value of a home.

6. You don’t have to buy new.

7. Don’t buy on emotion alone.

Bonus: Scout your location at different times of day.