Consumer Guide to Home Buying

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  • How to get started finding a home
  • How and why you should use a Realtor®
  • How to finance your new home

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Buying a home is a huge decision. It can be an exciting prospect, but also a daunting experience. In order to ease this process, we have gathered some information that may help you with your search for the perfect home as well as guidance on the best steps to take to achieve your dream.

What Is Your Dream Home?

Before searching properties you might want to answer a few questions, which will simplify the process and help you be happy with the home you eventually choose, for example:

  • Do you want a new or a pre-owned home?
  • What size and style of home will fit your needs?
  • What features are you looking for?
  • What location is right for you?
  • What is your budget?

New or Pre-owned

One of the most important decisions to make is whether to purchase a new or pre-owned home. Either type offers advantages and disadvantages, something you will have to consider in your home search.

Advantages of a New Home

Everything is new. The carpet is not worn, the paint is fresh–costly repairs are a long time away.
New homes are normally more energy efficient.
Often you can choose your decoration options, like wall color, tile, etc.

Disadvantages of a New Home

Might need new landscaping.
Home values are more unstable in newer neighborhoods.
Shopping and school options might be limited.

Advantages of a Pre-owned Home

Established neighborhoods, with proven schools, shopping, and amenities.
Stable home values
Finished landscaping.

Disadvantages of a Pre-owned Home

May need updating and interior customization.
May be costly repairs and additional upkeep costs.

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Whether you choose to buy a new or pre-owned home, Bren can help you find the perfect place. She has an excellent relationship with the Houston area builders and can help you choose the right builder and neighborhood for your needs. If you decide to go with a pre-owned home, she can help you select the right home and use her knowledge of the area to find the perfect house.

Size and Style

To be happy with your new home, you have to make sure that it fits your style and life. If you have a large family or want to start one, you will want to find a home that gives you room to grow or will fit your needs for years to come.


Homes today are full of different features that can make your life easier. To find the right home you will need to decide what features are necessary. Do you cook a lot and need a big kitchen, do you spend most of you time in the living room or is the master bedroom more important, are upgraded features such as granite countertops and wood floors important to you?


One of the most important concepts in real estate is location. You might want a home that is close to work, or something that is far from the city. Our neighborhood finder is a wonderful tool for finding that perfect location. Also, if a master planned community is something you desire, you can use our community locator. In addition to commute times or finding the right neighborhood, it can be very important to choose the right school. Use our school finder tool to find one that is right for you and your family.

If you are interested in any of these areas, or other areas around Houston, give Bren a call at 281-468-5145 or fill out the buyer contact form.


Take a look at this short video to help you understand more about how to determine your home buying budget.
How Much Home You Can Afford, HAR Consumer Knowledge Series

To find the right home, you will also have to determine your budget. To help you find the right budget, try out the affordability calculator below.
How Much House Can I Afford?
How much can you afford?

In order to make an offer on a house, it is a good idea to become prequalified for a loan so sellers can be confident in the offers they receive.

No matter what your budget is, we can help you find a home to fit your needs. Cypress, Tomball, Spring and Northwest Houston all have diverse offerings of homes in a variety of price ranges.