You have your down payment saved up and you are ready to move out of your cramped 1 bed apartment and buy a Spring Texas house. But you don’t want to be paying for both an apartment and a house for too long so when should you start your hunt for a house?
To minimize your overlap of housing expenses, you should start viewing Spring Texas homes for sale 90 days before the end of your apartment lease. This would give you time to get pre-approved for a loan, 40 days to find the right home and get it into contract, 45 days to get it financed, and 5 days to move from your apartment to your new home. If it takes you longer than 40 days to find the right home, you can always renew your lease on a month to month basis until you do find the right home.
A good place to learn more about buying a home is by reading our first time home buyers guide to buying a home. In it, we cover the steps of finding and buying a home from getting pre-approved for a home loan to searching for a home to negotiating the contract to getting the home inspected to getting the home insured to getting it appraised to what to expect on closing day to what you should do after you move-in.
Jill Wente is an incredible realtor! We lived in the area for about 3 years before taking the house-hunting plunge... read moreJill Wente is an incredible realtor! We lived in the area for about 3 years before taking the house-hunting plunge and truly could not have chosen a better realtor to work with. Jill is professional and patient, she is an incredible resource who is 100% there for her clients at all times. We had a lot of questions and didn't want to pay any closing costs or prepaid costs out of pocket - Jill is a Master Certified Negotiation Expert and it SHOWS. We got exactly what we wanted at the price we wanted AND had several bonuses thrown in, including appliances and gutters. She was there for inspections/walk-throughs and kept in contact with our builder's salesperson as well. If you want a strong realtor who is also pleasant to work with (which I've learned is rare), then Jill is the realtor for you!! read less