Your Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) is a trained expert on buying homes.  

But he or she is not the only person with helpful advice. Consider these home-buying tips from other consumers—people who recently completed their own real estate transaction—and the suggestions they’d offer to other buyers.

1. Start your search by interviewing several buyer’s agents and checking their references. Make sure you’re working with someone you trust.

2. Market knowledge and experience are important, but the best agent is one who will take the time to get to know you and understand your housing needs, as well as your personality and communication preferences.

3. Your first negotiation is with your agent. Read all agreements and ask questions…

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  $247,500   This home is located in the beautiful Carter's Crossing neighborhood close to all that College Station has to offer! With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a charming living space with a stone fireplace, this home provides a family-like feel. Beautiful tile floors and carpet throughout create an easy flow from room to room. This kitchen is fabulous for multi-tasking families, as it offers a large eating bar, a study nook, and beautiful cabinetry and granite countertops for cooking. The master suite offers space for relaxation with a double vanity, separate garden tub and walk-in shower. The backyard provides a wonderful space for entertaining neighbors and friends with a covered patio and spacious yard. This home is nearby shopping and…

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  $379,900   This beautiful 4 bed/3.5 Golden Homes floor plan is located in the much-desired Castlegate Subdivision. The open living space offers a stone-finish fireplace, as well as large windows that provide a natural light feel throughout the home. You will want to spend hours in the masterful kitchen with its granite counters, gorgeous alders cabinets, double ovens and family-like atmosphere. With stained wood-paneling in the study, enjoy spending your days working from home in this professional space. This home has two dining areas, a butlers pantry, and a wet bar with fridge and wine freezer which is great for entertaining neighbors, family and friends. The large master suite includes plenty of space for a sitting area in addition to a…

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  3202 Toni Court   $229,900     3204 Toni Court $229,900   These wonderful investment properties are awaiting you in Williams Gate subdivision. With 4 bed and 3 bath, these homes have everything you are looking for when it comes to a roommate floor plan. With double raised ceilings, crown molding, arched openings and knotty alder cabinets, these luxury properties are an ideal space for studying and entertaining. The kitchen offers stainless steel appliances and granite countertops; quintessential for late night cooking! The master suite is home to a garden tub/shower combination. The tile throughout the homes makes for a nice flow of traffic into the carpeted bedrooms. These homes are both spacious and inviting! At 3202 and…

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Welcome back to Home Buying 101 – Throughout this series I will be detailing the various parts of the transaction process for purchasing a single family home.  My goal is to answer the many questions looming around purchasing, especially for first-time home buyers. If you are just beginning, I recommend starting with Part One: Understanding Equity.

I have asked Jordan Monroe, of Legacy Mutual Mortgage, to help answer some common questions associated with lending.  If you have other questions, or are interested in beginning the lending process, give him a call and tell him I sent ya! 

First off, why don’t you tell our readers a little about you and what you do?

I’m a Loan Officer at Legacy Mutual Mortgage. My experience in both…

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When two parties enter into negotiations on a home, there are far too many opportunities for bumps and obstacles to get in the way. What are the most common traps, and how can you avoid them?
Consider these common stumbling blocks for successful negotiating, and ways to find a better path:

  1. INADEQUATE PLANNING Before writing your first offer, clarify your priorities, strengths, and weaknesses—AND the seller’s. A true negotiating strategy is about much more than price. Think beyond step one, anticipating possible responses and counter offers. With careful forethought and a little creativity, you’ll feel much more confident about your negotiating plan and improve your odds of success.

  2. GETTING EMOTIONAL Stick to the facts and remain as…

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This beautiful 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom with bonus room home will take your breath away. The arched stone entry takes your eye to the vaulted ceilings and amazing natural light. The kitchen is an entertainers dream with an enormous walk-in pantry, and an island that seats over 20. This warm and welcoming home features exquisite details like hand scraped hardwood floors complete custom inlaid details throughout, 8' doors, shutters, exposed beams, foam insulation, a security system, oversized 3 car garage, copper sinks, reclaimed wood powder bath, and more. Once you visit the enchanting outside area with large deck, kitchen, wood burning fireplace and beautiful pool you'll never want to leave. Click here to watch house tour video! *Agent bonus if sold…

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  1247 Canyon Creek  

Looking for a wonderful investment? Look no further than this 4 Bed/2.5 Bath townhome, as it is great for four college roommates. With a large living space and half bath on the main level, and all 4 bedrooms on the second level, this unit provides plenty of opportunity for study time and entertaining time. The open kitchen floorplan is fabulous for roommates who like to cook, study and enjoy each other's company all at the same time. With plenty of storage and a two-car garage, this townhome is a wonderful find. Enjoy the nearby swimming pool, manicured landscaping, as well as the many shopping centers and restaurants around the property. This townhome is private, it offers a secluded feel! Come out and see it today!

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Craftsman home nestled on a private lot in Pebble Creek. 5 beds 5 baths, 2 1/2 baths, a study & an elegant kitchen, this home is of the utmost desire. The great room features wood paneled ceilings & a stone wall fireplace with built-ins. Walk into the kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances, large walk in pantry and granite countertops. The master suite includes raised ceilings & private backyard access. Master bath features balloon ceilings, double vanities & large garden tub. Step off the sizable back porch & relax by your custom pool and spa - complete with fountains & a tanning ledge. Have your family over to relax by the fire-pit & enjoy the views of hole 5 of the golf course.

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1507 Misty Lane, College Station

MLS# 17000282     4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms      2,567 sq. ft.      1 acre      Built 1994     Virtual Tour

Escape on your own oasis to this timeless home on a 1 acre lot in the desirable Nantucket community. Nestled between trees, this home offers a front porch view of the lake fed by a creek running along the property! Outside has everything you can expect: large arbor, dog run, fenced garden, rope swings, 2 car garage & open shed. Abundant windows naturally light this 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms home, which boasts 2 living areas, 2 pantries & a traditional wood burning fireplace. The sizable master bedroom is located on the main floor with a walk-in closet. The second floor features 3 bedrooms, bonus room w/shelves &…

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