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Sarah T., Home Buyer in New Braunfels, TX

What is the neighborhood like in this area? It doesn't look like a subdivision and it looks like older and newer homes mixed- is this good for

Asked by Sarah T., New Braunfels, TX Tue Feb 12, 2013

resale? This question was asked from http://www.trulia.com/property/3097646959-522-Melissa-Ln-New…

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Tamra Duarte’s answer
Hi Sarah,
it sounds like you do not have a Realtor to represent you? Remember, a Realtor's services are free to you, so when purchasing the most important and most expensive purchase of your life, whether it is an older home or one to be built, don't forget to take your Realtor with you! You might want to interview a few Realtors over the phone or in person to find one who will be a perfect fit for you!
A good Realtor will find you a lender, help you get qualified to purchase a home; help you understand, and know what your payment will be before you even start looking at homes; understand your needs while showing patience and compassion; will be educated on the areas you are interested in and the inventory available; will be able to give you comparable home prices in that area to help you with your offer so that you are not bidding too high or too low; will negotiate the offer for you so you can get the best price the market will allow; represent and protect you; and give you very valuable advice throughout the entire home buying process. Your personal Realtor can show you ANY home; ANY new home, ANY preexisting home, or ANY "for sale by owner" homes in their area! So a very important rule of thumb, when going to look at ANY home, remember to take your Realtor with you! The Realtor on the sign represents the seller, not you, and the sales agent for the new home subdivisions represent the builder, not you.
When there is a contract involved, and YOUR money being negotiated, please make sure you have a Realtor, or an attorney, who will represent you, and ONLY you! They will help you understand the contract, help you understand what you CAN ask for from the seller, what you ARE asking for, what you are going to get, the amount you will be spending, what your payment will be, what amount you will be responsible for at the closing table, what the seller will be paying for, what an option period is, and keeping up with all of the very important dates and deadlines in the contract so that you do not lose your earnest money during the process, or any other important contractual items that will all need to be in writing before you sign!
So, my best advice to you is to find a Realtor you like, and one that will not only answer THIS question, but all of your home buying questions, and help you with the most important, and most expensive purchase of your life!
I would be more than happy for you to interview me and see if I am the right Realtor for you! I would love to show you this new home, or any home you might be interested in looking at! Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or if you would like to get out and go house shopping!

Tamra Duarte, Realtor ®, TAHS
Keller Williams Realty
Canyon Lake, Texas
(512)294-9583 cel
(512)857-8827 fax
http://tamraduarte.kwrealty.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 13, 2013
Sarah, the new construction on Melissa is in the Gruene Courtyard subdivision; this street is a new section of the subdivision. Houses on the adjacent street were built in the 2000s, with selling prices ranging from 106 to 118 dollars per sq ft; the house on Melissa is new contruction, priced at 128/sqft, reflecting strength in the market. While the subdivision is Gruene Courtyard, it is a few blocks away from main areas of Gruene. The Melissa house is just a block from Common St, and the various commercial/office/retail/medical establishments.
The home has potential for longterm resale value, but anticipate owning 5-7 years or more to see substantial opportunity for appreciation. If you want to be in Gruene itself, you will likely pay a higher price per sq ft than in Gruene Courtyard. For example, Cotton Crossing typically sells at a higher premium per sq ft.
Geoff Harris
A.G. Hill Country-Lake Properties
2075A FM 2673
Canyon Lake TX 78133
Toll Free: 1-800-521-2726
Office: (830) 964-2811
Fax: (830) 964-2830
Cell: (830) 214-4488
Email: geoff@hclakes.com
http://www.aghillcountrylakeproperties.com
http://www.canyonlaketexasrealty.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 12, 2013
The Gruene area is a hot market. I anticipate things there to keep moving real estate wise. There is a new condo Development going in at Loop 337 and Gruene Rd. New area and new homes. Let me know if I can help.

Thank You,
Steve Johnson
Relocation Specialist
Fine Homes International
Prudential Don Johnson
18534 Fourty-Six Parkway Suite 1C
Spring Branch, TX 78070
Cell: (210) 325-1833
Bus: (830) 438-5540
Fax: (830) 438-6730
Email: sjjohnson@gvtc.com

Texas Law requires all real estate licensees to give the following information about brokerage services:

Http://www.trec.state.tx.us/pdf/contracts/OP-K.pdf
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 12, 2013
Thanks! Are you talking about the Ranch at Guadalupe Apartments? We were hoping to buy :)
Flag Tue Feb 12, 2013
I meant to say, is this good for resale!?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 12, 2013
Sarah, with the high cost of new construction, a preowned house that goes on the market in the same subdivision can look like a bargain! Especially if the resale has an established yard, trees, has been maintained well, including some updating, such as paint, fixtures, newer flooring etc. A good, strategically priced resale should attract it's share of buyers. The only buyers it might miss out on are those that specifically want a brand new home! Any other questions?Feel free to contact me at dkempert@att.net Thanks!
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