Whether you’re a first-time home owner or you’ve been around this block a few times, it’s often helpful to revisit the initial steps you need to take if you’re thinking of purchasing a new house.

What Are Your Priorities?
First, think through your priorities when it comes to your first home. How many bedrooms do you need? Will an open floor plan work for you or do you need some separate quiet space for work? How important is a yard? A swimming pool? What neighborhoods are you interested in? San Antonio has so many interesting neighborhoods to consider. And what items are dealbreakers for you?

Realtors vs. Listing Sites
Before we start the process of finding your home, make sure you know the differences between what a Realtor will do for you and what a listing website will. As a San Antonio Realtor, I’m an expert in our local real estate and neighborhoods, with in-depth experience with the ins and outs of negotiations and all the necessary paperwork. I understand that buying or selling a home can be an emotional time. I’m here to support you and provide you with the best information to guide you through the process.

Listing websites are great for looking at pictures of homes, but seeing them in person is much different. Be wary of the listed values of homes on these sites, as they don’t always reflect accurately for their market. I can always provide you with accurate prices along with comparable prices for the homes you’re interested in.

Find a Mortgage Lender
Before beginning your house hunt, make sure to find a lender who is right for you. This is one of the most important steps in the home buying process. If you don’t know how much you can afford, then you don’t know what to look for. It is important to be pre-approved for a loan before looking at homes, in case you find one you love and want to make an offer – especially in a fast-moving market like San Antonio. I have a list of wonderful mortgage lenders that I’m happy to share with you. Sound good? I love showing off San Antonio’s real estate offerings and helping match my clients with their perfect home.

Pictured above: 5 Courtenay in The Dominion offers a beautiful open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. The kitchen is a cook’s dream. Abundant cabinets, great workspace, convection Viking gas range, wine fridge, built-in double fridge. Flexible floor plan offers 2-3 living areas and 2-3 dining areas. Large master BR w/sitting area. Master bath w/dual walk-in closets. Private office w/incredible built-in cabinets. Split bedroom floor plan. BR#5 used as gym. Covered patio and outdoor kitchen overlook pool/spa and waterfall, lush landscaping. Great storage, walk-in attic. Listed by my Nix Realty Company colleague Nena King. Let’s go see it!