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How To Find a Home in The Top Places To Live In Texas

Oct 8, 2007
Are you looking for a home to lease or buy in one of the top places to live in America? Well, we hope you are considering the state of Texas in your list because that is where some of the best homes are located.

You can find great deals on houses in Missouri City, Texas which was recently cited by Money Magazine as home to some of the top places to live in America. But remember, before you go hunting for a house, loft, or condominium unit that calls to your heart (and wallet), there are some things you have to bear in mind first about buying or leasing real estate.

The first thing you have to remember when looking among properties listed in the top places to live in America is: never be an impulse buyer. Impulse buying is for people whose income surpasses 6 digits (in US dollars) and who can afford to whip out a checkbook and pay for their new home on the spot.

Impulse buying is also reckless because impulse buyers tend to judge their new home based on appearances. Remember that any real estate property you can find (even those in the top places in America) is a complicated organism made up of many systems that work together to assure the survival and comfort of those living in it. As such, you need to get the advice of someone who knows how to look at real estate.

Maybe you have an uncle who is into the construction business? Ask him to tag along when you go house-hunting. He may be able to spot defects and trouble spots in the home that seem invisible to your inexperienced eyes. Or perhaps you have a friend who is an electronics freak? Ask him to check out the electrical system of any house, loft or condominium unit being offered to you. You never know where faulty wiring might be found (even if the property is in the neighborhood of the top places to live in America.) The point is - make sure you are getting a good deal before you offer to pay.

The next thing you have to remember when eyeing a property in the top places to live in America is: canvass prices first. Do not be tempted to accept the first offer that comes your way, or think that all real estate agents are automatically your buddy. Buying a home is a serious task which requires a great deal of research.

The advantage to doing your research (particularly when choosing among the top places to live in America) is that you might be able to get a great deal when you least expect it. Maybe realtor #5 on your list has a gem on his hands that other buyers have passed up on because it just did not suit their needs.

You might also be able to negotiate a better price if you are knowledgeable about real estate prices in the area you are looking into. It would depend a great deal on how much the previous owner wants for the property but you might be surprised how many people are willing to lower their asking price because they got a good vibe from the buyer. It also helps if you show a readiness to invest more into the upgrade of your potential home - many people have an emotional attachment to their homes and will only sell to people whom they feel will care for their baby.

In Texas alone, it is still possible to find a home whose price is quite reasonable. For example, the median price as of the 1st quarter of 2007 for a single family home in Amarillo is 112.9 thousand dollars whereas in the Austin-Round Rock community, a single family home has a median price of 176.2 thousand dollars. Quite a big difference, is it not? And both communities are in the same state, so what more if you go outside Texas?
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