Results Realty Buzz: Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - The Web Search!! - Part 2 -

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Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - The Web Search!! - Part 2 -

Spring TX first time home buyers searching on the webThis is my second in a series of post for first time home buyers in Spring TX.  Now that you are pre-approved for your home loan the next step is to start searching for your home. I have found that most buyers like to start looking at homes and familiarizing themselves with the areas online.  Spring is a large area located in two different Counties (Harris County and Montgomery County) and three different school districts.  Plus you also have the neighboring areas of Tomball, Magnolia and The Woodlands to consider. With this in mind you are going to want to start narrowing down the area where you want to live.

There are lots of websites that you can go to search for homes for sale but we are blessed in the Houston area to have an INCREDIBLE Public MLS site through the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR).  We tend to take this site for granted but as I have blogged and met people across the United States I have realized how fortunate we are to have such an incredible public site.  HAR has won many awards for this site and they are constantly improving it. You may search directly at or if you are working with me to find your new Spring TX home you can click here to go in to the site.  By going in under my name any questions that you have will be immediately directed to me.

In this busy age that we live in I have found Spring TX first time home buyers often want to be set up to have new listings sent to them automatically. It doesn't matter whether you are looking for a single family detached Spring TX home, a home on acreage, a town-home or even vacant land; this automated search can do the work for you. You will learn about listings new to the market even before most REALTORS®.  You are notified of new listings within 24 hours of them going on the market.  The listings for the most part have directions so you can also explore subdivisions to get an idea of where you want to be.  Please click here for the automated form.  I have tried to make this as specific as I can.    I am able to put filters on your search and have learned all kinds of tricks to tweak your Spring Texas home search so we only pull up the specific type of home you are looking for.

* * * Please note: If you are already looking at homes or land with another REALTOR® and have signed a Buyers Representation Agreement with that REALTOR® please do not use this automated search. It would be a violation of the Code of Ethics for the National Association of REALTOR® for me to be assisting you in this circumstance. * * * If you have an agent and this is not set up for you just ask your REALTOR® to set it up. 

You are probably wondering why I put the First time home buyer Spring TX website search as number 2 in Loan approval for a Spring TX first time home buyermy series and not number 1. I have found with today's ever changing mortgage environment that it is more important than ever to get pre-approved for your loan ahead of time; especially if you are a first time home buyer and are not familiar with the process.  If you wait until you are ready  to buy and you find some kind of a hiccup that needs to be worked on then it is too late and could cause you to have to wait longer to buy your first home.  By getting pre-approved (as much as 6 months prior to buying your home) it gives you time to take corrective action.  I also can't tell you how many first time home buyers I have worked with who were not searching in the correct price range and that can be very discouraging.  Not to mention that by starting early you can start narrowing areas and decide what you want in a home. 

This is a Spring TX first time home buyers series and as I add additional post I will add the links.  Please feel free to visit my prior post.

  1. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 1 - Loan Pre-approval!
  2. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 2 - The Web Search!
  3. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 3 - The Home Search!
  4. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 4 - What price do we offer!
  5. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 5- The Home offer!
  6. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 6 - The Texas option fee and your home inspection!
  7. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 7 - The Title policy
  8. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 8 - Why you need to live in an HOA!
  9. Spring TX First Time Home Buyers Guide - Part 9 -  What to bring to your closing!


Comment balloon 19 commentsMarchel Peterson • August 16 2009 07:58PM


Excellent post -- and I also have the buyers got the lender 1st... it is important to know what financing options are available for the properties/areas they are interested in before they start to go to the homes. 

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 10 years ago

Hi Marchel, This is another great post in your series for first time home buyers!

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 10 years ago

Marchel, the sending of the listings automatically I do all the time and that is an excellent tip.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Marchel:  What a great post for first time buyers.  I am really looking forward to the rest of your series.  Very nicely done !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Marchel--I think you have the order right...get pre approved before the home search. Better yet...find a good REALTOR to help you find a loan officer and set up your internet search. Your home buying series is awesome...Buyers needing help in Spring TX would be smart to seek your advice!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 10 years ago

Marchel, What a great series for first time home buyers. Pre-approved first, then web search. Kate

Posted by Kate Kate over 10 years ago

Marchel, I have a feeling I'm going to learn a lot from your series....I already did!  One of the reasons I love being here.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Marchel  First things first

  • Select Marchel
  • Obtain loan approval
  • Tour homes with Marchel


Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 10 years ago

JOAN, I think the pre-approval is number 1.  It is like being on a road without a map.

SHIRLEY, Thanks and thanks for stopping by again.

GARY, I often have people searching for up to a year or two before they buy but it is so important that they be searching in the right price range.

KAREN ANNE, Thanks for stopping by.  I have been meaning to write this for a long time so I'm finally putting it in to words.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

TERI, I'm assuming in these post that the first home buyers are working with me.  I might write a prequel about choosing a real estate agent after I have finished with the series.

KATE, The pre-approval first is so important.

CAROLE, Thanks for stopping by.

KAREN, My series is written for those first time home buyers that I am working with.  After I have finished I might go back and do a prequel for finding a real estate agent.


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Marchel, you are doing a great job with this series and I am enjoying following it.  Lots of great advice so far.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 10 years ago

Great post Marchel, Getting pre-approved first is the most important thing these days.  Things have changed so much.

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Marchel.  I been away for a while but I see you are still providing your readers with good info!!  I love this post.  I'm going to check out part 1.

Posted by Kimberly Grant, Real Estate Agent - Huntsville Alabama (Exit Leon Crawford Realty) over 10 years ago

Marchel - Great tip to the first time buyers; getting a mortgage approval should be done before looking for a home, without that in place the search could be frustating  as time is wasted looking at homes outside of their range.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

More great advice.  I agree with Karen's order of things in comment #8.

Posted by Irene Tron over 10 years ago

Marchel, I agree with Irene and Karen, That would take care of all of it. Very nicely done.

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 10 years ago

Hi Marchel, The "order" makes sense to me ... without having the pre-approval step ... wouldn't a savvy realtor send those folks back to "step # 1" to begin with (or begin again?) 

 -and- ROCKS!!!!  People come from all over the world to study our MLS and ask questions/hold meetings with the designers .. find out what systems they use? whats in the pipeline for the future? etc.  We are soooooo lucky to have those capabilities that retrieve, slice & dice data in a rapid and easy to use format.... and they're always thinking... there's always more good stuff coming.

Posted by Judith Sinnard, The SMARTePLAN Lady (SMARTePLANS; Houston, Texas) over 10 years ago

GEORGE, Thanks!  It is a bit time consuming to write but I'm enjoying it.

RICKI, It is a totally different world out there.

KIMBERLY, It is so WONDERFUL to see your smiling face again.  Just recently I was scrolling down my blog roll and I was wondering about you.

JENNIFER, I have had so many people come to me only to find out that they have been looking in the wrong price range.  You are right that just waste time.

IRENE, Theoretically that would be great but a good majority of my buyers come to me from the web. I often have them set up for a search for 6 months to a year or longer before I even meet them.  They will look until the time is right for them to buy.  I'm patient and it pays off.

JUDI, I have found working with web clients to be a different cup of tea.  The order is not as cut and dried as when a client is referred to me.  After I have finished the series I expect I will go back and write a prequel.

JUDITH,HAR does rock!!  Because of their capabilities to retrieve, slice and dice date I'm able to keep my buyers informed and up to date with listings that meet their search criteria. 



Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Good explanation of why they should get pre-approved first before starting their search.  I also like your tone.  If I were a buyer in your area, I'd want to work with you because you sound so knowledgeable and nice.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 10 years ago

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