Buying a home—especially your first home—is a big decision. Actually, it’s a whole lot of little decisions that all add up to one big one. But all those little decisions can still feel pretty overwhelming, so here are some smart tips for home shopping in Texas that will help you be the savvy home buyer you’ve always wanted to be!
While buying a home may seem challenging at first, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, by the time you’ve found your dream home, made the move, and unpacked all the boxes, you’ll probably discover that you spent more time packing and unpacking than you did house hunting! Breaking the home-buying process into some small manageable steps will help take some of the pressure off when you begin shopping for your dream home.[vc_single_image image=”21139″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”]When is the Best Time of Year for Home Buying? It’s a question that first-time home buyers often ask. Savvy home shoppers know better than to obsess with trying to time the market. Housing markets fluctuate constantly, and anticipating these fluctuations is impossible, even for professionals in the field. The best time to buy is when you find the house that’s perfect for you, no matter what time of year that is.
Mortgage rates change every day, but right now they are historically low, which means that new home buyers can lock in lower monthly payments. Also, while home prices fluctuate, like most things they tend to rise over time. Rather than trying to play the market, simply do the calculations from the comfort of your own home so that you know how much you can afford before you start scheduling home and community tours and you’ll be off to a good start.
Go House Hunting in Areas that Appeal to Your Interests and Needs. Maybe it doesn’t need to be said, but you should look for a house where you would want to live. Sure, that means finding an area that’s close to work or that provides a good option for your commute, but it also means looking for a spot with a scenic environment, good schools, proximity to retail shops, and more. Your home is where you’re going to live, after all, and you’ll want to make sure that it has everything you like best right nearby.
Sandbrock Ranch is zoned to the Denton Independent School District in Aubrey, TX, a growing community north of Dallas. New jobs and conveniences are opening every day in the area, which also boasts plenty of great shopping opportunities. And, of course, Sandbrock Ranch has tons of amenities, not to mention beautiful and inspiring Texas countryside right outside your door.
Make the Most of Model Home Tours. Get your boots on the ground. A model home tour provides a great opportunity to see homes in person and get a better idea of what you’re looking for and what’s available. Walk the home, the yard, and the street. Look out the windows to see what your view would be. Try to picture how the sofa would look in the living room and where you’d put the Christmas tree. And don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions!
Plus you have an opportunity to talk to the home builders and discuss the features of the home that you might not have noticed or ask about special offers. Sandbrock Ranch has seven model homes that can be toured seven days a week. You can also schedule tours with reps from our three Texas home builders: David Weekley Homes, Highland Homes, and Perry Homes.
Take a Tour of the Community. Sure, you want to see if you can picture yourself barbecuing in the back yard or riding your bikes around the neighborhood, but you also want to see what the neighborhood is like and get a feel for what kinds of activities are available. A member of our lifestyle management team will be happy to give you a tour of Sandbrock Ranch. You’ll start with the Carriage House and work your way through the community and all our many amenities. Be sure to ask about our residents’ events calendar, which is packed with fun community activities for all of our residents![vc_single_image image=”21140″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”]Consider a Move-In-Ready Home. Choosing the right house for you and your family is the most important part of buying a home, and newly constructed, move-in-ready homes offer a number of great benefits. They provide quick closing times and a quicker turnaround overall. They offer modern floorplans and amenities, the protection of a new home warranty, and lots more.
Why Buy New? Very simply, new homes offer you the best of everything for prices that can’t be beat. The new homes at Sandbrock Ranch are energy efficient, offering the latest in home design and the opportunity to personalize your living space to suit your lifestyle. Because everything is new, you can enjoy the protection of a new home warranty and lower maintenance costs throughout your family’s new house. Of course, if your new home is in a master-planned community such as Sandbrock Ranch, you’ll enjoy all the fun and amenities that come with being our neighbor—not to mention being part of one of the best communities and best homeowners’ associations in North Texas!
At Sandbrock Ranch, all of our builders offer new move-in-ready homes that are available right now. All you have to do is search for move-in-ready homes on our handy search page to get started!
Calculate Everything. As we said before, buying a home is a big decision—or a lot of small ones—and it’s easy to get lost in the process and feel like you’re in over your head. Knowing your budget before you start shopping can help you to narrow down your choices and keep the bottom line in mind as you shop. Luckily, our mortgage calculator makes it easy to see what you can afford before you even start looking for that perfect home.
Close on Your Perfect House and Prepare to Make the Move. At this point, most of the hard work is done. Now the adventure begins. Get your boxes, your packing tape, and your bubble wrap, rent your moving vehicle, get all your family and friends to come over and help (be sure to buy them pizza afterwards) and get ready to start your new life!
Not sure what you need to do before you move? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there, too, with a handy relocation checklist that’ll help lower your stress and take the guesswork out.
Whether you’re looking for your first home or your forever home, Sandbrock Ranch has the home that’s perfect for you and your family, not to mention all the amenities you could ask for and a close-knit community filled with good neighbors and great times.[lab_hs_forms hs_title=”Let us help you find your new home.” portal_id=”4151365″ form_id=”c4a0b09d-a58f-46de-bed3-1145c9e9e650″]