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How Your Texas REALTOR® Can Keep you from Making Rookie Homebuyer Mistakes

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An outdoor patio set in a yard

08/19/2013 | Author: Summer Mandell

Picture a home with a shady backyard overflowing with blooming flowers, chirping birds, and a spacious deck to enjoy it all. That was the scene my husband and I stepped into during our first property tour with our Texas REALTOR®. We were smitten first-time buyers—until our Texas REALTOR® pointed out just how much water this meticulously landscaped backyard would need … during a drought.

“Do you like gardening?” she asked. Dozens of plants that had wilted on my watch came to mind as she estimated the (expensive) investment the homeowners had made in their gorgeous garden.

The Benefit of Having an Expert on our Side
Home tours with our Texas REALTOR® were a stark contrast to our solo open-house visits just a weekend before. That landscaped charmer would’ve stayed on our favorites list because no one was asking us the tough questions. Or at least in this instance, the logical one.

This is just one of the many ways our Texas REALTOR® keeps us first-time homebuyers focused as we look at potential properties. We felt totally clueless when it was just the two of us visiting open houses. Now that we’re working with an experienced Texas REALTOR®, we’re much more at ease with the process. And we like it when she makes us think hard about what we’re looking for.

Don’t Waste Your Time on a Solo Home Search
I like to think I’m pretty good at research, and maybe you are, too. But when it comes to being a first-time homebuyer, the best resource you can have is a Texas REALTOR®. She can point out aspects of homeownership that you won’t find online. And in my case, a gentle reminder that a black thumb can be very expensive.

Categories: Buyers
Tags: buying, first time, mistakes