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Your to-do list before purchasing a home

Categories: San Antonio Homebuying | Posted: November 22, 2019


Are you planning to purchase a new home this upcoming New Year? If so, do you feel confident that when the time comes, you will be prepared to purchase a new home? Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier New Braunfels custom builder, shares tips for what you need to be sure to have in order before starting the process of looking for a new home.

The first tip is being sure you are ready to purchase a home that you will live in for more than a few years. If you are not in the position to put down roots in a home for several years, consider renting until you are ready to do plant your roots.

The next step is one that people often don’t do in advance, which can hurt them. Get with a lender and have them pull your credit report about six to 12 months before you want to begin actively shopping for a new home. This way, if there is anything negative on your credit report or work that you need to do to improve it, you will have adequate time to do so and can get a better loan for your new home. They can also make you aware of anything you don’t want to do leading up to purchasing a new home, such as open a bunch of new credit cards, rack up extra debt, and so on.

Once you have your credit in order, you will want to find an agent to help you find and purchase your new home. Do some research among friends, family and even online resources to find an agent that comes highly recommended. Also, don’t feel like you must select the first agent you meet or talk too. Be sure to shop around for the agent that fits your needs and comfort level the most.

Some tips on what to look for in a good agent are at least five years’ experience in the area you are looking to purchase a home in and someone who is a full-time sales professional. It also helps if they can show you if they have closed at least five to seven deals each year, for several years. Lastly, be sure to verify that their license is in good standing with the state you are looking to purchase a new home in.

The final tip to remember when beginning to shop for your new home is to be realistic. There will be no amazing deals when it comes to real estate. If you come across a home that seems too good to be true, especially for the cost, chances are something is hiding behind the walls of the home that should be a “buyer beware” scenario.

Be sure to buy and invest in a home that will be a great long-term solution as well as a home that will build equity over time. Buying a home in a desirable location, a location that is growing, in a great school district and so on will be an investment that is most likely to help you gain equity over time.

Do your research when it comes to your new home, the location you are looking at buying and where you see yourself in the next five, 10 or more years. If you don’t currently have any kids but plan to have them in the future, consider the school districts around the homes you are looking at. Are they rated well? Would you want to send your own kids to the schools in your area? What about the size of the home, can you have one, two or more kids comfortably without having to move as soon as baby comes into the picture?

This can also be a factor if you are getting close to being an empty-nester or will in the years to come. Are you investing in more home than you will need in a few years? Are there too many stairs that you won’t want to have to climb daily as you age in your home?

Taking these tips and considerations into play for your new home will help to ensure that you end up with the best possible home for your long-term needs and a smart investment for your future.



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




Relocating To San Antonio?

Categories: San Antonio Homebuying | Posted: November 15, 2019


Relocating to San Antonio

Relocating to San Antonio

Do you find yourself looking for New Braunfels custom builders because you’re relocating to the San Antonio area this holiday season? Relocating to a new city can be a fun chapter and an exciting change in your life. Everything is new when you are in a new city and it is fun to find your new “favorites” in town. However, moving somewhere new can also bring up many challenges you’ll have to face. Most commonly, a place of employment is a huge stressor if you don’t already have employment lined up for you once you move. Weston Dean Custom Homes shares some tips to help you find your ideal place of employment once you make your move.

First, before you start working it is a good idea to get to know your surroundings. Find out where to buy your groceries, spots of interest and every day places you’re used to from back home that you can have in your new location like gyms, malls, a local pharmacy and so on.

Once you have a decent hold on your new location, get salary surveys so you know where to begin your search. It is important to figure out what your skills and experience can command compensation in. You can easily access graphs that compare what a job title pays in your new location at Then, hone that data in sites like,, and other similar websites.

Before you redo your resume, check sites like Monster, CareerBuilder and Linkedin’s main jobs menu and check the results of full text job descriptions so that you can carefully identify the sought-after skills and achievements that can go into your resume.

Next, find job fairs in your area through a Google search. This will be a helpful avenue to get the ball rolling since these companies are looking to hire- and you’re already in need of a job.

Lastly, be sure to network in your new community and see if you can get job connections through people you know or get to know. You can even use LinkedIn as a tool to get connections for jobs you’re interested in.

Before you know it, you’ll have a wonderful new home and new career to begin the next chapter of your life in. Let Weston Dean Custom Homes play a part in making that dream, a reality for you.



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