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Choosing the best agent when buying a home

Categories: Home Buyer News, New Braunfels Custom Home Builders | Posted: April 20, 2018

 

If you are planning to be one of the many in the home buying market this spring or summer, choosing the right agent to help you buy your new home will be a huge decision that you will want to make right the first time. The relationship you have with your agent will be one you want to be sure you are comfortable with and trust, as the home buying process can often have unexpected twists and turns before you are finally handed the keys to your new home. Weston Dean Custom Home, a premier New Braunfels custom homebuilder, shares tips to help ensure your fight the right agent to suit your needs.

When choosing an agent to help you find a home, there are typically little to no binding arrangements with the agents that require them to perform any tasks. This is a huge reason why you should shop around for the right agent instead of just going with the first agent that crosses your path. Trust your gut instinct when you talk to agents to see which one seems like the right match for you.

It is always good to have some questions prepared when you go to meet with an agent to make sure they meet the criteria you will want to have in a buyer’s agent. Some good questions to as are:

How long does it typically take for buyers you work with to find and close on a home?

This question will let you know if he mostly deals with buyers who want to move quickly and do a lot of research independently, or if he has buyers that take a year or long it will show that they are more patient and will let the home-buying process run its course. Depending on what track you are on, the fast track or the leisurely one, could help determine if they would be a good fit for you.

Do you work independently or with a team?

Be sure to ask your agent if there is a team of people they work with, if they have an assistant or if they work independently. If your agent has an assistant or junior agent you may end up working with, you will want to know that in advance as they might not have the experience you need when looking at a home and wanting their feedback.

What areas do you do most of your business?

Agents typically have certain towns or cities where they tend to do most of their business. Depending on where you are wanting to look and if you have certain towns or school districts you want to move too, someone who is well-versed and knows the areas you are most interested in will be the best fit for you and might have more insider knowledge on homes that are coming to the market that you may be able to see in advance or have an advantage over.

How do your showings work?

Depending on your area, some locations or agents rely on open houses for showings, why others need private appointments with an agent to privately see the home. In many markets with inventory going off the market just as quick as it comes on, having an agent that can make themselves available to you the same day a home comes on the market if need be is something you will want to keep in mind.

What is the best way to communicate and find properties?

Buyers no longer rely on agents to find properties anymore like they did in the past. Especially in markets where the inventory is moving quick, agents will encourage their buyers to look for homes online on their own and often give them access to their local MLS so they can get alerts based on homes that meet their criteria and let the agent know if they are interested in looking.

 

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.The best way to ensure a good relationship with your buying agent is to make sure you know how they work best and how they expect you to work and connect with them in regards to homes you are interested in. As with any good relationship, communication is key especially at the start. So, once you have found an agent that you feel checks of the boxes of what you need, then you can begin the exciting process of buying a home!

 

 

How To:  Backyard Fire Pit

Categories: Boerne Custom Homes Builders, Homeowner Tips, New Braunfels Custom Home Builders | Posted: April 13, 2018

As spring temperatures come our way in full swing and summer is just around the corner, you may be craving summer barbecues in the backyard and entertaining with friends and family.  Why not create a space in your backyard where you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather and spend some fun family time together in one? Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier homebuilder for Boerne Custom Homes, shares how you can easily add a fire pit to your backyard in a few simple steps that will have you enjoying your backyard in no time.

Building your own backyard fire pit will require you gather some supplies to get you going on your DIY project. First, select the type of bricks you want for the wall of the fire pit. You can go online for some inspiration if you aren’t sure of the look that will go best with your home. Be sure to check with your local fire code to make sure fire pits are allowed in your area, to ensure all your hard work won’t go to waste.

A good tip for the bricks you select for your fire pit would be to select a sturdy brick. See if you can find some used for a retaining wall or concrete pavers. These are the best options to select for a fire pit that will last a long time and remain intact over the years and through the weather conditions.

Next, you will want to be sure to get some firebricks as well, which you will use as the bottom inner layer that will provide you with the heat resistance you need for safety purposes.

You will also need to get gravel, twine, a stake, tape measure, a large shovel, tamp and trowel, as well as a good size level.

Once you have all of the equipment you need, you can pick out the area in your yard where you want to place your fire pit. Be sure to place your fire pit a good distance away from any trees, bushes or structures. Place a stake in the middle of where you want your new fire pit to go.

Then, tie your twine around the end of the state and measure out how far you want your fire pit to go. The average site of a fire pit is 4 to 5 feet in diameter. Once you’ve selected the size you want your fire pit to be, drag the sharp end of your trowel around in a circle to mark where the fire pit will go.

Your next step will be to take your shovel and dig out the outside circle you created, as this is where your fire pit bricks are going to start. The hole of the fire pit should be 6 to 12 inches deep. Before you dig, be sure and clear it with your local 811 to make sure there are no utility lines buried under the location you have chosen.

Once you have dug out of your circle at least 6 inches deep, use your tamp to level out the area and check with your level and make adjustments until it sits on the dirt completely level.

You will then take the gravel and spread an even layer of a few inches over the fire pit circle. Once you have spread the gravel out evenly, it will be time for you to arrange your bricks in a circle and stack them in layers until your fire pit reaches at least 12 inches tall.

If your bricks are heavy enough to make a sturdy stack, your don’t need to use any mortar in-between the bricks. For safety purposes, add your inner layer of firebricks on the inside floor of the fire pit.

 

The last step? Get some marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate to kick back and enjoy your new fire pit!

 

Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder.  For more information call (210) 408-9107.

 

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