Searching for your new home is one of the most important (if not the most important) part of the buying process. It's important to make sure that you understand the market and that you've explored all of your options. If you follow these 5 steps, you will feel very confident in your decision.
Arguably the most important criteria for your home search is your price range. The best way to determine how much you would like to spend is to speak with a lender, who will tell you how much you can purchase based on how much you will put down and what you want your monthly mortgage payment to be. Once you know your price range, we recommend only viewing properties that you can realistically purchase at or under that price.
We recommend creating a list of “must haves” and a list of “nice to haves”. When you look at homes online, only consider homes that have 100% of your “must haves” and find homes with as many of your “nice to haves” as you can. “Must Haves” are criteria like size, bedrooms, bathrooms, & year built. “Nice to Haves” are usually things that can be changed like type of flooring, paint colors, and other finish out.
We like to cast a wide net at the beginning of your search and look at as many neighborhoods that fit your criteria as possible. We will usually set your geographic criteria based on commute, distance to entertainment, and/or schools. As your search progresses, we can usually take some areas/neighborhoods off of your list and focus only on your favorite neighborhoods.
It’s great for you to search online on your own, but we will also set up detailed searches for you through the MLS. The MLS is a central database of every listing any agent in Austin has on the market. It gives us a powerful search that allows us to set very detailed criteria and is the most accurate & current source for listings (and sold data) available. We will set up an online portal where you can save favorites & possibilities, make notes, and share all of this with us and/or your partner. This will help us organize your search and be as efficient as possible when we go out to physically look at properties.
Most people spend 1-3 months searching for their home, but that’s not a hard rule. We’ve worked with buyers who have picked out their new home in a weekend, and we’ve worked with buyers who have taken 6+ months to find their new home. You want to make sure that you are confident that you understand the market and that you have explored all of your options. As soon as you feel that way, you will be ready to make an offer on the right home.
I have to admit that when I first reached out through Yelp to set up a meeting with Eric I was a little skeptical. I was reading reviews of his service like you are right now, and as Eric knows well from our time working together, I'm a person who likes to research and organize just about everything. The fact that I couldn't find even a couple of negative reviews among the hundreds of reviews Eric has across Zillow and Yelp seemed to me to be too good to be true. Fast forward six weeks and one successful closing later, I'm very pleased to report that the service I got was exactly the service I read about if not better. Eric and Bailey Bowden who's Eric's right hand couldn't have been better to work with. This was my first time buying a home, so I had a lot of probably very stupid questions. Despite this, they cheerfully and promptly answered them...
Meredith Alderson is AMAZING! We have worked with many realtors, and Meredith is one of the best. She was very respectful of our budget and what we were looking for in a house. She quickly figured out the key items we wanted and helped us narrow down our search. We were relocating from Arizona and had our two young children with us - she was great at being attentive to their needs and also letting them join in with their opinion. She made house hunting (and buying) a fun experience - with minimal stress! You cannot go wrong with Meredith as your realtor!
Eric Bramlett is an incredible realtor. When my wife and I were looking for a realtor to help us relocate from California to Austin, Texas, we were impressed by the quantity and quality of the online reviews for Eric... and let me tell you, they were not incorrect. Eric is very knowledgeable of the entire Austin area, but he was also very accommodating of our timeline and our need to work feverishly to find a home quickly (as it's not easy to go back and forth from CA to Austin multiple homes).
I cannot say enough fantastic things about working with Tara McGuire at Bramlett Residential. When I reached out to Bramlett via the online contact tool, I had already spoken with several realtors in the Austin area. My inquiries were met with lackluster responses, likely because my husband and I didn't plan to purchase for several months. But when I contacted Bramlett Residential at 10pm on a weeknight, Tara called me first thing the next morning. She encouraged us to visit Austin soon, since we are relocating from Dallas, to get an idea of the neighborhoods and market. During this exploratory trip, we felt no pressure to buy ahead of our schedule. She gave us a great overview of central Austin neighborhoods and helped us narrow down the best areas for us.
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