First, lets talk about your house in Texas. I would definately put that on the market before buying something up here in Potomac. It may take longer than expected, and you may not neccessarily get the value you hope for out of it. I am currently selling an Estate property in Texas with a great broker (I can make recommendations if you need someone in Texas). That process is taking far longer than anticipated and the value has dropped from where we initially thought the property could sell. Even if you sell quickly, and aren't ready to commit to buy in potomac, you can also rent something in MD before you buy so you can get a feel for the area you are considering and also investigate the schools.
As for Potomac, I do think now is at least the time to start looking and to get a feel for the area. What I always do for my out of town clients is to get them set up with an automatic search that pulls data right from the MLS/MRIS. This is where all the agents enter the property data, and it is the most accurate. Sites like this one are great for helping you get a sense of the area, but many times will have out of date information. I can set you up in about 10 minutes over the phone. You will get automatic emails sent to your inbox so you don't have to hunt around the interenet for listings. You will get all fresh listings as they hit the market and also when a price drop happens to place a property in your price range. This is free and there is no obligation.
Obviously I would love to help you in any way I can to earn your business. Let me know if you are interested and we can get you set up. Just shoot me an email at email@example.com or give me a call on 301.424.8272.
Regardless of your approach, I wish you all the best with your home sale and purchase. It sounds like an exciting time for you.
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