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Trulia Houst…, Other/Just Looking in Houston, TX

When is the best time to begin house hunting with an agent in order to move in by the start of the school year?

Asked by Trulia Houston, Houston, TX Thu Jan 31, 2013

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Gail Levin’s answer
I would suggest as one of the other Realtors have mentioned, get pre-qualified before beginning your search and in that way you will know exactly what you can afford. It is never too early to begin your search, and once you have been pre-qualified, then you can decide on the area. The further out you go, the more you get for your money. There is a lot more to just deciding to buy a house and if you would like to know more, please contact me, I will be happy to discuss this with you.
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It depends on where you want to live and the things you are looking for in your new home. I would think around April or May would be a good time to start. Sellers will start listing their properties and you should have more homes to choose from. I would suggest talking to a Realtor so they can get a better feel for your situation!

Let me know if I can help and good luck...

Kevin Sechelski
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 31, 2013
A lot is involved in looking for a home.
You must take into consideration market conditions. (Is it a seller or buyer market?)
The area you want to live in?
Are the schools important to you?
Are you financing or paying cash?
What are your “Must Have?”

I would suggest you set down with your Real Estate agent.
Go over a plan. Starting with financing,
Talk about what are your want and needs.
A good agent will look at your overall picture. Find homes that best fit your needs
Ones you put an offer on your dream home, closing can take anywhere from 10 days to 45 days. Approx.… (Once again, depending on the situation)

Hope this will help you.
Feel free to contact if you need assistant.
Dee Diana@dmerced.com
Remax 360
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 31, 2013
The first step would be to get pre-qualifed by a lender, then you will know how much home you can afford and what kind of payment you are comfortable with. Figure out what is important to you and communicate that to your Realtor. Your Realtor should be able to make a match for you easily...
If you need help in the buying process let me know, I woul dbe glad to help you...
Georgina Van Camp
Keller Williams Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 31, 2013
Traditionally, homes begin to come on the market around Spring Break (mid- to late March), which is when I advise my buyers to begin in earnest. Prime "selling season" follows shortly thereafter, and inventory is at its highest right around that time. Assuming that the buyers are qualified and don't need to sell their current home, there would be plenty of time to find a good property by the upcoming school year.

Al Geffon
(713) 213-6350
Web Reference: http://www.har.com/algeffon
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As soon as you know what your buying power is which requires that you speaker with a lender first. I can assist you.

Gwen Muller
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I would start looking on http://www.HAR.com. If you start seeing some homes you would want to see then go and take a Look. I would be glad to answer any questions, Susan Collins 713-582-2255
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I believe as soon as you can so that you can determine what you are pre approved for so that you can figure out your max price range. Feel free to contact me with any questions that you may have as I can be of help to you as I am a mortgage banker. Hope you have a great day!!


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