Areas are all about personal preferences, budgets, wants, needs, lifestyle; therefore consider researching areas of interest on your own, and take the time to visit more than once, then determine where your comfort level can best be reached; don't simply just entertain what other people think or say, another's opinion may not be anywhere near the best thing for you...... more
I would suggest that you come and visit Houston. Go visit some schools that you think might interest you and schedule an appointment with the school principal and ask questions. Best school is a subjective topic. Everyone has a different opinion about this. I think what you can do is to obtain a loan and see how much you are pre-approved for, and then look for properties in the area you mentioned below and research the school.
I also agree with Anna below that you may check the below websites for school info:
Trulia is a great place to gather information and learn about buying or selling a home in your area of interest. But if you are really serious you need to work with a qualified agent that knows the area, has his/her finger on the pulse of the local market. Agents have much more information than can possibly be posted on public sites.
I know it is fun to view homes on public sites like Trulia, but if you are serious, and you should be it is your money, work with an agent that can help you find the best homes and help you make the best deal.... more
If purchasing with a mortgage begin by visiting with any licensed loan officer, be aware that a mortgage pre approval letter is necessary to determine your price range and for any offers to be taken seriously; also choose an agent to work with, he/she will be your best guide.... more
Buying a home takes more time than 15 days. First thing first you will need to have your financing ready (if you are going to need a loan for the new purchase) If you are paying in cash, the 15 days maybe possible. Hire a Realtor right away and start looking for your new home.... more
If you are a for sale by owner the post is not allowed; if and when you do list with a broker, ask your agent to post the listing, or consider any flat fee realty company that feeds into the site....... more
Be aware that scams do exist; be mindful that such web sites are third party sites, so the information is fed by various sources, therefore data is not really verified. If you choose not to work with an agent of your own always verify ownership before exchanging any money/personal information--make certain they are who they claim to be. Never wire any money, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. For scam related information see link.
There's a lot of mortgage companies that SAY they work with challenged credit. Problem is.........talk is just that, TALK. I want you to go to a site. This is where we send our clients to whether they have a 550 credit score or a 750 credit score. Home Loans For All... more
I think it depends on the area, property, and demographic. It is possible to OVER-IMPROVE a property to the point where you are putting money in past the point of where you will see an additional return.
Based on the fact that it is "up and coming" and it is a small investment property, below is what some of my clients have done in similar situations. When I showed the property to potential tenants they all said "they love the wood floors".
If your floor is flat and level, there are peel and stick vinyl tiles that look like wood. The other upside of these is installation is very easy so you can save a lot on that cost. You can also peel up one or two tiles that is damaged in between tenants and seamlessly replace it. Saving money on the cost of tenant turnover. They said the flooring only cost them $0.68/sqft.... more