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Home Buying in 75056 : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Dec 16, 2015
Susie Kay answered:

Thank you for your endorsement about our service. Many home buyers think that as realtors we just find you a home, but our service and knowledge go far beyond just finding a property.

In your scenario, it is a little late to add an agent as you've signed a contract stating that you are not represented. It's important that your agent is with you when you are looking at builder's home or they will not honor the agent's fee. You can always talk to the builder again and said what you mentioned above about no place saying that you can't add a realtor and see what they have to say. It's a hot seller's market out there so it's unlikely that the builder will give in.

Susie Kay
Seniors Real Estate Specialist
Certified Home Stager

United Real Estate Dallas
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Wed Sep 9, 2015
Amy Arey answered:
It's always good to have a Realtor represent and watch out for your best interests (I know...doesn't help you much "now"! :) Most sales reps will require us as Realtors to "register" our clients at a given community before you even see homes there. Let's fact it...the negotiation doesn't stop once you've signed the contract. (Some may even say this is where it really "begins"). Someone else below mentioned that the builder likely would not pay a Realtors commission who came into the process "after the sale" but you can possibly get creative and escalate your sales price (up to you) by a few grand so that the Realtor would still get paid ((if the home will appraise)) and then have the builder still pay commission since it ends up being the same cost on the builder-side. Just an idea....

Good luck...and good luck with your new home!

-Amy S. Arey, Realtor, CNE
Halo Group Realty, LLC
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Wed Feb 18, 2015
Amy Arey answered:
Make sure you have a Realtor on your side to negotiate for you. Oftentimes, we have worked with a lot of investors "flipping" homes or have contractor-connections who can get these upgrades done for you at a fraction of the cost. Work with negotiating with the builder and be prepared---knowledge is power! If you know the cost of the upgrades to install yourself, you have the numbers ready to realistically negotiate the cost with the builder to ensure you get the best deal, always remembering that the "cheapest" does not always equate to the "best" deal. Look out for quality.

Feel free to contact me if I can be of additional assistance.

-Amy S. Arey, Realtor, CNE
Halo Group Realty, LLC
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Thu Jul 3, 2014
Amy Arey answered:
I have a GREAT loan officer who I have used multiple times for this same situation. If you aren't approved to purchase at this very minute, we can get you on a plan to work on whatever issue there is to get you into a home in the near future (sometimes, only a few months depending upon what's ON your credit).

Feel free to contact me if you have not yet purchased; I'd be glad to help.

-Amy S. Arey, Realtor
Halo Group Realty, LLC
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Tue Apr 1, 2014
Michael Brownstead answered:
A licensed real estate professional provides much more than the service of helping you find your ideal home. Realtors® are expert negotiators with other agents, seasoned financial advisors with customers, and superb navigators around the local neighborhood. They are members of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and must abide by a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice enforced by the NAR. A professional Realtor is your best resource when buying your home. ... more
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Wed Jan 2, 2013
Bruce Lynn answered:
WOW..... I wouldn't even have to think about that one.
Save the 35,000.
You'll probably save even more than that.
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Wed Jan 2, 2013
Christine Schwirtz answered:
Both are great areas. Noone can perdict which area will hold its value. Tht being said in my expierence Castle hill has always held its value.
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Sat Mar 31, 2012
Elizabeth Morgan answered:
This is an old question but I have to answer because I live in the Carrollton/Lewisville community & Castle Hills is one of the most desirable developments in the area. The schools are wonderful. The apartments are not a factor in that neighborhood. The shopping complex is Castle Hills has a great mix of small business tenants. It is very private. Castle Hills is a great place for families & offers townhomes for people who prefer less maintenance & the convenience of being able to walk to dinner, cleaners, milk or wine you forgot on the way home, etc. It is a commuter's dream neighborhood! You can access highways to everywhere in the DFW area. ... more
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Thu Feb 4, 2010
T.E. & Naima Sumner answered:
Much of whether a school rates Recognized or Exemplary, or even Acceptable, depends on parents, not just teachers. Parents who work with their kids are more likely to wind up their schools being rated well because of the home environment and focus on education.

Kids can be taught by the best teachers in the world and still do poorly if homelife doesn't support a desire for education and respect for school.

So, if a year out, the school doesn't yet have the highest rating, I'd say give it some time -- it may just happen. Also, regardless of which school a child goes to, show interest in their classwork and homework, and they will succeed, even if the school is never more than Acceptable.
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Tue Feb 2, 2010
Pelin Guzel answered:
You are the only one can make the decision for yourself. Think about resale prices, if you are working with a Realtor, your Realtor can prepare you CMA for both places. Think about your lifestyle and the location. I am sure one of them fits to your needs and interests more than other.
Good Luck...
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Thu Jan 28, 2010
James Gordon ABR SFR SRS answered:
Kristee I am not sure of American Legend but I am working with a client right now on a new construction home. She moved her quote to a different lot. Most of the prices stay the same except for one new item. She changed to a walkout lot and the builder was charging her 890.00 for a 40x40 full view window in addition to the walk out door. I called and we got that item put back on the discount pricing. 2 40x40 windows and the walkout door at no additional price.
When you go into a builder and deal with their representitive you are a 1 time deal. A good Realtor® can bring 4-5 new construction jobs to a builder a year!
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Sun Oct 25, 2009
Dan Chase answered:
Let us make a few assumptions.
each location has comparable crime rates
each location has comparable school systems
each location has comparable property tax RATES
each location has a socio-economic factors you like
the neighbors in both areas are the kind you can live with.
each has a house you would be content to live in

Are you buying with cash? If so think about how you could lose some when prices drop more.
Are you buying with credit? Think how you pay 3 times the house price when you include interest.

When you buy in a pricey area you are banking on it staying that way. Neighborhoods change, sometimes for the better, other times for the worse.

When you buy in a cheaper place you are effectively placing hundreds of thousands of $$$$ ( those nice green things we all like) in your pocket instead of someone elses. You should be saving lots of money on property taxes over the years to come.

No matter what you can afford to do, in the end you spend more money trying to show off how well off you are and it only puts you further behind financially.
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