Hello What To Do 512,
You're ahead of the game already, since you asked for advice in advance before jumping into a home purchase on your own. Congratulations!
You just gave yourself the opportunity to do things in the right sequence and enjoy success.
First, you deserve a knowledgeable, experienced REALTOR on your side for guidance.
Second, you have the chance to actually learn from the right lender what's real for you to afford.
Then, you can confidently take the steps necessary to discuss with your trusted advisor what to consider to buy, who to consider as the best builders by actual experience and where to look.
Often, a nearly new home can be a better bargain for you to consider, as well.
Would you go out and take a chance on a new car purchase without some experience yourself, feedback from current owners and looking at all the "Yelp" and "Consumer Reports" type info out there? Of course you wouldn't.
So why would you consider for a minute that going it alone is OK with the biggest investment of your life? It costs you nothing to prepare in advance and have the help that you deserve. It's crucial.
My wife, Alice, and I work together in our RE business here in NW Austin and Cedar Park/Leander.
We have helped many first time buyers over the years and we make sure they'll want our help again.
I managed several new home builders over 20 years prior to our brokerage team.
We started Ryland Homes in Austin and I managed Centex, Morrison and Reytex Homes, as well,
You can be sure that a builder loves you to come in unassisted. They know it's in their favor.
When you come in with a REALTOR by your side, they will act differently throughout.
The experience can be much more pleasant for you, especially if something comes up that will cost them more money to make it right for everyone. They do not want to risk starting a bad reputation with hundreds of agents! We all share our experiences and a builder can be in big trouble quickly.
We'll be happy to help you with every aspect of the process.
Check us out at: " http://;www.HotAustinProperties.com",
and give us a call.
Look forward to meeting you.
Mike and Alice Newman