I can assist you as a RealtorÂ® for over 30 years (and native Houstonian) as well as holding a Mortgage Originator License. I hope to hear from you.
Arnold Richie, RealtorÂ®
Terry Burnaman Realtors
Anna Maria Durr, NMLS 266699
2626 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas 77098
We have assisted many BP buyers coming in from Naperville and their wants and needs varied greatly. Some wanted master planned communities, others wanted inner-city town home type properties and finally some wanted that "Texas" ranch with some land.
Of course the Realtor would need to know a lot more about your needs. Many other factors might include where future employment might be located, the price range of a home, the type of home, are schools a factor, how long will you be living in the home, and more.
Some Realtors will only work in one area of the city. I would suggest having a very experience agent that shows a wide variety of areas and can give you the pros/cons about each area. Let us know if we can assist you.
Bernstein Realty, Inc.
Cedric McGrew Broker/Owner
MPI Real Estate Group
I grew up North of Chicago in Gurnee, IL and still have family there. I can tell you the market is and home styles are completely different here in the Houston area.
I think once you determine what priorities you have, ie. schools, shopping, business, travel. A good realtor can help you narrow down your search area. You may be surprised by what is available at affordable prices compared to your current situation.
If you would like to talk about your options, or just have some questions, Call me. 832-267-4647.
I know it's expensive to come here, and to BEST maximize your visit, probably best to find one agent who you believe will serve you the whole time you're here. I have done that with many clients and although it will be very tiring for you, it will help you get a feel for what feels BEST for your family. Long days but you will be glad you did that.
I just posted a ton of the answers below your comment.
I am glad I am posted on here to avoid you as my realtor honestly, as you feel the same apparently about my family and I of 'LOOKERS'
Sounds very bitter to me...
Anyways, I didn't give a whole life history in my question, I didn't think I will applying for anything, just asking a question.
I was looking for an answer to what would be best, and if one realtor would be out there to help us. Glad I got the answer that one is not you obviously.
Physically fit? axle cost, omg, really? Please I am sorry, I just feel really off put by your response and bitterness. That is okay, I think my family and I who don't need to sell our home, are pre-approved and obviously very serious BUYERS to be putting ourselves in this position in the first place will find someone, with the opposite views and judgements that you just posted here.
I am looking for ONE realtor, I was just worried maybe there is no ONE realtor willing to take this task on.
We do not want a "new' home, just our "next" home :)
I am sorry, I am a little off on the geography, but I don't mind what area so much, I am self employed, so there is no job travel involved.
I have been preapproved, so no worries on that.
It is important to us the schools for our two girls and I like to be close to shopping, etc. Walking trails, and family activities, that is why I feel I would need to see the different areas as well.
I agree this is a huge step and lot of time and effort that you will have to dedicate to the relocating process.
You initially mentioned that you want to relocate to the North of Houston, but also mentioned Katy and Sugar Land which are not in the north area. What are your highest priorities? Do you need to be closer to your job location, do you have specific schools in mind, and do you have any particular specifications regarding the home and the area in which you will be purchasing? I also want to inquire if you mean a brand new home when you said 'our new home', or if that was just to mean the one you will be purchasing next. In certain areas we are seeing a relatively low inventory of homes, which is not to say you cannot build them, however, it needs to meet your time line.
I recommend working with one agent - most of my peers will agree that if we are dedicating our time and efforts to work with you, we would expect the same dedication and committment from you as well.
If you have specific questions you would like addressed, please call or email me at the contacts below. Thank you for your post on Trulia and we will be happy to help.
In Houston we have a very organized real estate site http://www.har.com , which you will find to be the most accurate place to locate agents, properties, and gain information on our market. A great feature of har.com is the feedback our clients provide regarding their experience with us as their agent. If an agent opts to allow feedback to be shown they must give each client an opportunity to submit feedback - therefor they can't hide a deal that went south due to agent incompetence unless they completely opt out of allowing their feedback to be public. FYI - to see feedback go to har.com and then to "find a realtor". You can then view agents by company, location, etc. Another good research tool - facebook, twitter, linkedin, google, etc. :)
I highly recommend getting a feel for any agent you are considering. Email, text, call - whichever you do best, and make sure your personalities mesh. Communication and work ethic are extremely important as well. Since you have a bit of time to interview - test agents out by contacting them and monitoring their response time. Today we use smart phones - there is no excuse for emails, texts, or calls to be unanswered as they all go to our trusted iphones, androids, etc.
I personally would love to work with you! I am a full time agent and available 7 days a week. I go the extra mile for my clients - if it means picking you up and taking you back to the airport I am happy to do so! I would also be inclined to pick you up from your hotel and drop you back off following showings. This shouldn't be an issue for any agent you choose. I can also preview properties and send videos for anything you are unable to view in person.
You and your family should sit down together and each write down your must haves in a house. Combine the lists and order by importance. This can be extremely helpful when deciding location and property features.
You will also want to be sure you speak with a lender. If you do not have a preferred lender in mind I am happy to recommend a few to you that I work with and have great experience with. Request a prequalification - you do not need a preapproval at this time, unless you decide you are for sure working with the lender. Each lender will have different rates and costs incurred with using them. Before settling on a lender always compare first. Prequalifications do not require a lender to run your credit - a preapproval does. Multiple inquiries into your credit will be negative on your overall score - hence the prequal as opposed to preapproval.
I hope to hear from you!
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
5111 Bellaire Blvd. / Bellaire, Texas 77401
It just so happens that I live and work out of Northwest Houston and I'd be more than happy to help you out. I am quite familiar with The Woodlands, Tomball, and Katy....and I have done some work in Sugarland as well. Therefore, before you get here I can identify the pros and cons of each area for you.
You only need one agent to handle this for you. But you are certainly on the right track by having a definite plan before coming down.
Feel free to give me a call and I'd be happy to help you plan your itinerary for when you visit for Memorial Day weekend! I'll even sneak some fun activities in there for you as well.
Happy House Hunting!