House hunting, like all types of shopping, is best done when you’re well prepared. If you do your homework and know exactly what you’re looking for and what you’re willing to spend, you’ll be able to score the perfect home for you. These steps can help you be successful:

1. Know What You Want
Figure out what kind of home you’re interested in. Only one-story homes? Does it have to be move-in-ready or are you looking for a fixer upper? Having your ideal home in mind will help you be successful.

2. Research Before House Hunting
Looking at homes can be exciting, but it is important to figure out what you want most in a home before you start searching. Determine what area of town you want to be in and if you need to be in close proximity to your job or to your child’s school. Use these factors to help decide which homes you should take the time to see.

3. Finances
Also, know what you can afford before looking at homes. Meet with a mortgage lender to figure out what you qualify for. After getting your pre-qualification, sit down and decide on a price you are comfortable spending each month on your mortgage.

4. Know Your Timeline
Are you in a time crunch to move or do you need to wait for your current home to sell? These factors can influence your purchase timeline. Factor in the time needed to buy or sell into your timeline to determine where you stand.

5. Be Flexible
Finding a home that is 100 percent perfect is a big undertaking, so be willing to compromise. Know what features in a home really matter to you and be flexible with the rest. If the paint color isn’t to your liking, that’s an easy fix. Remember that minor imperfections shouldn’t make or break your decision.

6. Get a Realtor
I’d be happy to help support you through every step of finding a home that’s right for you and completing the purchase process. Certified Realtors – and that’s all of us at Nix Realty Company – will always look out for your best interests. Let’s get the ball rolling!

Pictured above: 128 Harrigan Court is a luxury condo in the Alamo Heights. You can’t beat this location. Walk to Central Market and other Alamo Heights stores. Close to 281 access, the Pearl, the Witte Museum and much more. 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms and open floor plan with 10-foot ceilings, and elegant, traditional finishes. All bedrooms are upstairs, master has his/her bathrooms. Private courtyard and attached rear garage. Only 8 units in this complex. Listed by my Nix Realty Company colleague Kate Coiner. Let’s go see it!

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