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Make Your Home Search Your Own
By Texas Association of Realtors
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • Posted May 24, 2012 1:49 PM

When the people in your life hear that you're house hunting, you can expect to get an earful of advice based on their experiences. However, you'll quickly find that everyone's buying experience is different because everyone has different needs.

Good intentions don't always make for good advice

The homebuying process can be overwhelming, especially for first-time homebuyers. And getting unsolicited advice from friends, family members or coworkers when you're already encountering a deluge of information might not help ease your stress.

Even though you appreciate the input, anything more than general advice may not apply to your situation. Current market conditions affect your search and can vary within a few months' time, so even if someone recently bought a home, things may differ in your situation. You'll also find that the time of year and budget concerns make your search unique.

The web can be a great starting place, but don't stop there

Many real estate websites offer advice for homebuyers, but it's best to take this information with a grain of salt. The advice can be outdated or irrelevant to your needs. And many sites publish advice that comes from others users—people like you who may not have professional real estate experience.

If you register for these sites, you might be contacted by someone offering to help, but you still don't know if his guidance is better than your friends' or if he's even familiar with the area. You aren't obligated to work with a real estate agent until you sign a representation agreement, so feel free to do some research on him before you agree to work with him. Ask him for references and what experience he has working in your market.

Leave it to the experts

The best impartial advice you can get will come from your Texas Realtor. He understands the local market and is working on your behalf to find the home that fits your needs, wants and budget. You may not feel comfortable discussing your finances or concerns with friends, family members, or coworkers, but you can be assured that your Texas Realtor is a professional and that you have the same goal in mind: finding you the home of your dreams.

Which leads to me to my advice for homebuyers, especially first-timers: Be prepared give updates. Because even though this is your home, the people around you will be excited to share in the experience.

For more information about buying and selling real estate in Texas, I invite you to visit TexasRealEstate.com. The site has tools available to homebuyers including a residential listings search and the option to save properties that interest you.

For your real estate needs, please contact Waymond Lightfoot (RE/MAX Genesis) at 210-386-5201.

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