Buying a Home in Austin, Texas - Step Two: Selecting an Area of Town
This is the second part of a 7-part series dedicated to teaching you about the Austin homebuying process. I will link to each part once the series is complete. Here is part one for your reference: Buying a Home in Austin, Texas - Step One: Get Pre-Approved for Mortgage Financing.
One of the decisions regarding your Austin, Texas home purchase is determining what part of Austin (or the surrounding areas) will work best for your needs. This decision is usually driven by a number of factors, including:
Price Range - Obviously, certain areas of Austin and the surrounding area are more or less expensive than others, so part of your decision may hinge on the price point for your purchase. In part one (link above), I described the process of determining how much you can afford. If you already know this, it makes things much quicker.
Commute Time - If you will be dealing with a commute in Austin, it may be important to find something with a reasonable travel time to the office. Since Austin has experienced a lot of growth over the past 10-15 years, the roads and traffic have also grown. Thankfully, in late 2006, a network of toll roads was opened, which has made commuting substantially easier from certain areas.
Convenience to Amenities - Some of our clients prefer to be very close to shopping, restaurants, and other amenities within the community. If this is important to you, let us know your priorities and we will find you a place that is in reasonable proximity to your needs/wants.
Convenience to Specific People - You may be moving to Austin to be closer to a relative or a close friend. In this case, the location of your home may be somewhat driven by the location of these people.
My team is familiar with all areas of Austin, so we are able to suggest which areas will be most suitable for you using your specific criteria.
Once you have narrowed it down with regard to the area, we will focus on finding the perfect home. This is the fun part, and it's the focus of my next post:
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call me anytime at 512-796-7653 (cell) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit my primary Austin real estate website at www.austintexashomes.com.
Thanks for reading!