I'm not allowed to get excited yet



My life has been filled with so many ups and downs, I feel like I could write a book. Maybe if I kept up with this blog I wouldn't have to... but that's besides the point!

I sprained my back at work this week, got some bad news from a friend, had rent due 3 days before I got paid & oh yeah, made another offer on a house!!

The dude and I have been working hard of finding and closing on a house. We're currently in the open-contract period for a house we made an offer on, but it's far from ours. This is our second time going through this step (contract on a house, not to mention our second Realtor) and it's fallen through before. Dallas has not been hit by the real estate bust AT ALL. In fact, it is very much a seller's market right now.


HOME BUYING TIPS:
My top 5 rules when looking at a house.
  1. do not settle for a house you do not like. 
    You can't have all your likes, but don't settle for major dislikes. Ours was a pool - we don't want one. The market is slim, but that doesn't mean that there isn't something out there. Patience is key, and it's hard. I had to wait 7 days between the time a house posted and then another that I wanted to see. Seriously, just be patient.
  2. avoid houses in a bad neighborhood
    Plain and simple, it's not a good investment. If I pay 180K on a house today, will I get that money 5 years from now? How about 10? If the answer is "No" then move on.
  3. do not buy a house with poorly rated schools
    (Dallas ISD has an average school rating of 2/10 in the areas we were looking to buy- nope!). If you're looking to put your kids in public school, or hoping to make bank off resale in the future - school ratings can add up. The current area we're looking in has schools rated from 6/10 to 8/10.
  4. don't buy a house that's too far from everything.
    We settled on buying a house in the city of Carrollton because it's 20 minutes from my parents and 30 minutes from work - perfectly in the middle. Not to mention, most of our friends live in or around this area.
  5. don't take on more than you can handle.
    I will not buy a house that is falling apart. I'm not an investor and I don't have the time or money to put into a house that needs that amount of work.
This is really all I'm comfortable sharing with you guys right now. I'm trying to be private because as my Realtor says, "I'm not allowed to get excited until the keys are in my hand". So ask me again in a few weeks how things are going and I'll let you know. ;D


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1 comment:

  1. Completely agree with your tips!
    It's extremely hard isn't it, not to get excited ;o) I was the same!
    xo

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