Dream of owning a home? These websites and apps can help you.
Do you dream of owning your own home, but are not sure how to find it? We will teach you the basics of how to use a computer or smartphone to help you find your perfect home.
First things first: start by figuring out what size and type of house suit your needs best.
Is it too difficult for you to maintain a large yard?
Do you want enough space in the house for all of your friends and family members when they come over?
Once these aspects have been considered, search through internet listings that match up with what is important to you. You can narrow down searches based on price range, style or even schools nearby.
A great place to start is Zillow, which is a real estate listings site. Zillow is only a few years old now but has taken the internet by storm. People like the way it presents the information on home listings, as well as it easy-to-use search features.
Another great tool is the Realtor.com website. It has similar features and just shares the photos and general information a little differently. For most users, they prefer one or the other sites for personal reasons.
Look at both sites and find the one that works best for you. If you are using a smart phone, you can download an app version of both sites. The app version just makes things easier to read, use, and follow on a smartphone.
Finally, once an ideal location has been found- take a look at pictures online until one jumps out at you. Also, think of the various things you are looking for based on that one property you find and inform your search by matching those setting in the tool.
IE: If the first home you really like is 2,000 sq ft, you may want to change the search for homes 1,800 to 2,500 sq ft in size. You also may already have a price range in mind, so do not forget to choose that range.
Once you have a feel for what you want, and the area you want to focus on, it is time to contact a professional realtor. For Austin, Texas, the clear choice is Chris Price Realty. He and his team can save you hundreds of hours of searching and he has the inside track to new listings before they even reach the sites like Zillow or Realtor.com. You want to work with an agent to get that advance notice because in a hot real estate market like Austin, you need every advantage you can to get the house you want.