Frisco TX First Time Home Buyers – Setting yourself for real estate success with tools you need (Part 5)

by Mike Yeo on September 29, 2010

Frisco TX First Time Home Buyers

If you missed the previous articles prior to this:

Part 1 – Your First Steps to Homeownership

Part 2 – Difference between Pre-Qualification and Pre-Approval and how to strategize a better negotiation

Part 3 – What makes up a house payment in Frisco TX

Part 4 – How much funds are needed to buy a house in Frisco TX

Frisco TX First Time Home Buyer Series – How to set yourself up for real estate success
with tools you need (Part 5)


Please be sure to read the previous articles prior to this. Even though the house-hunting process seems to be the most exciting, first time home buyers should not ignore the prior several to-do’s. They are very important towards your success.

Several strategies come into play when house hunting. Most buyers start looking on the internet with Search Home tools on websites. This article will show you the ins and outs and the insider industry secrets to home search web pages.

One of the more “advanced” Internet Technology is utilizing an Interactive Map Search tool on real estate websites. Real estate is about location, location, location. Location comes with a price. Make sure your preferred areas fall within your budget. (MOST IMPORTANT).

Most buyers define their boundaries in which they want to live. Not too far east, not too far north, I’d like to stay within xxxxx. Once the property boundaries are selected, buyers can use the Interactive Map Search tool to determine other homes for sale in the neighborhood and also other businesses and locations in relation to the subject property. Should you need an Interactive Map Search tool, find one here.

More than just a home search tool, they must now include an interactive map

Google Maps is also another good tool for home buyers. Google have satellite view and street view which most buyers find very helpful. If there are some things that bother you about the property from the exterior, a simple check with the satellite or street views can save your time having to drive to the property only to find out that it backs up to a busy street, or you didn’t like how the rest of the houses in the area look like.

Google Map - Satellite View
Google Map – Satellite View. See how the rest of the neighborhood locate in relations to the subject property.

Google Map - Street View
Google Map – Street View. You can pan this tool to 360 degrees.

Subscribe to Property Alerts

When you sign up for the Property Watch Alerts, this process saves you time from actively monitoring the homes for sale in the areas you are interested in. As soon as new properties come on the market and it fits your search criteria, you will be alerted via email. You can change the criteria during your home search.

Benefits to subscribing to Property Alerts include:

  • Automated Property Watch for those that match your criteria only
  • Saves time instead of you having to take the proactive approach of searching
  • Search by Map feature
  • Custom Profile, userID and password
  • Change criterias at any time
  • Saves searches and properties in Favorites
  • Request viewings at your convenience

To sign up for this Property Watch alert, click on this link.

Stay tuned for the next article in the Frisco TX Home Buyers series: Should you use a real estate agent? (Part 6)

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