The major caveat is that they're not quite as easy to sell ... and for precisely the reason that you want to purchase one. The pool of potential buyers is limited, and there tends to be a fair amount of them on the market at any given time.
Step 1 is to sit down with a lender and get yourself pre-approved. Then the hunt begins. The process can be daunting to first-time buyers, but I've worked with dozens of them, and will be happy to help in any way I can. Please feel free to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
First time buyers always have a lot of questions when purchasing. What kind of financing should I get, do I need to hire an inspector, is there low crime in the area, etc.... It would be a good idea to hire an experience Realtor to assist you with this and many other questions that are sure to come up!
Purchasing in general is better than renting in the Houston area. Is one area "good" VS another area is a hard question to answer here because there are so many variables. If the price is good, your commute is short and you like the property, then sure it is a "good idea". However, try to think beyond these easy to answer question and think about resale factors, your ability to upkeep the property and future needs with a possibly growing family.
Let us know if we can assist you as we work with many first time home buyers. We look forward to hearing from you.
Bernstein Realty, Inc.
What are your priorities in choosing any area? Is it commute, certain amenities that you must have where you live, schools, etc.? Access to downtown will definitely be an advantage.
Have you talked with a lender to find out what amount of loan you will be pre-approved for? That might help with your decision too, knowing what your budget is and what your monthly payments will be approximately.
You may have a lot of questions on the transaction process. I will be happy to answer any questions and tell you more about this process. Please have a realtor represent you as a buyer - this is at no cost to you.
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