5 Tips For A Great Home Search

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Searching for your new home is one of the most important (if not the most important) part of the buying process. It's important to make sure that you understand the market and that you've explored all of your options. If you follow these 5 steps, you will feel very confident in your decision.

  1. Set Your Price Range

    Arguably the most important criteria for your home search is your price range. The best way to determine how much you would like to spend is to speak with a lender, who will tell you how much you can purchase based on how much you will put down and what you want your monthly mortgage payment to be. Once you know your price range, we recommend only viewing properties that you can realistically purchase at or under that price.
  2. Define Your Home’s Criteria

    We recommend creating a list of “must haves” and a list of “nice to haves”. When you look at homes online, only consider homes that have 100% of your “must haves” and find homes with as many of your “nice to haves” as you can. “Must Haves” are criteria like size, bedrooms, bathrooms, & year built. “Nice to Haves” are usually things that can be changed like type of flooring, paint colors, and other finish out.
  3. Consider Different Areas & Neighborhoods

    We like to cast a wide net at the beginning of your search and look at as many neighborhoods that fit your criteria as possible. We will usually set your geographic criteria based on commute, distance to entertainment, and/or schools. As your search progresses, we can usually take some areas/neighborhoods off of your list and focus only on your favorite neighborhoods.
  4. Organize Your Search Online

    It’s great for you to search online on your own, but we will also set up detailed searches for you through the MLS. The MLS is a central database of every listing any agent in Austin has on the market. It gives us a powerful search that allows us to set very detailed criteria and is the most accurate & current source for listings (and sold data) available. We will set up an online portal where you can save favorites & possibilities, make notes, and share all of this with us and/or your partner. This will help us organize your search and be as efficient as possible when we go out to physically look at properties.
  5. Take as Much (or Little) Time as You Need

    Most people spend 1-3 months searching for their home, but that’s not a hard rule. We’ve worked with buyers who have picked out their new home in a weekend, and we’ve worked with buyers who have taken 6+ months to find their new home. You want to make sure that you are confident that you understand the market and that you have explored all of your options. As soon as you feel that way, you will be ready to make an offer on the right home.
 
After you’ve found your home, it’s time to move forward with the buying process.
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Lesley M.

Craig is truly great at what he does. We first worked with him as our buyer’s agent when moving to the Austin area. This time around, we chose him to be our listing agent when we we relocating away from the area and we are glad we did. Craig was always available for followup regarding processes and questions we had-from listing all the way to closing day. He always made sure to keep us up to date with any information we needed. Craig has a great understanding of the market and is straightforward & honest, which we valued. I couldn’t sing his praises more.

Jody Price

Ann Nye is wonderful to work with. We started with reviewing the many homes Ann found on-line for us. She spent all day taking us to properties and then ended up with us looking at new builds. She stuck with us from the start of negotiations to the end with the final walk through. Her extra set of eyes was great cuz she caught things we missed. All this was done during COVID times and with us being from out of state she was very gracious! I highly recommend Ann Nye!

Srihari Padmanabhan

Tyson Hombroek from Bramlett residential did a fantastic job and I had a great home buying experience. He understood my requirements and set up searches and gave me unbiased feedback on the properties , like how fiduciary does. He also understood that time is of the essence when it comes to finding property information such as surveys, plat map etc from the seller agent and writing offers. He met with me two times and even though I am purchasing the property from out of state I felt very comfortable about the area by leaning on his expertise. Overall very professional and nice to work with.

Chad Ryder

As a first time homebuyer, Lauren Yoder was the perfect agent to work with. She was always available to jump on a call and answer any questions I had about the process. Even though I was buying in a tough market, I never felt pressured to make offers I didn’t feel comfortable with. Lauren’s curated searches made it incredibly easy to find great properties, and her knowledge of things to look for, and avoid, in a house was incredibly helpful. Once under contract, Lauren helped make the closing process as stress-free as possible. She was always on top of the communication between myself and any party that needed to be involved. I am very grateful that Lauren was recommended to me, and I will definitely look to work with her in the future if I ever need to buy or sell in the area!

Cynthia Sumner

Where do I start?! I asked family for a recommendation and he couldn’t have hit the mark any better. Vicki Duran was responsive and on point from the first inquiry. I am one of those who likes to be conscientious of most things. So I reached out to her months before we were scheduled to fly in. She kept in touch during the waiting period and was ready to hit the “road” when we got into town. She had preowned and new builds ready, but in the climate of timing when we wanted to see homes… preowned were dropping and being picked up before you had a chance to view. So we went after new builds, she tirelessly called sales offices and showed us different communities. Vicki was taking notes somewhere because after the first community shown she knew what we wanted and didn’t want and didn’t waste time with the nots. We headed back “home” and two days later we were sending our earnest money to her. She did all the leg work for us. Every in person and zoom meeting she was there. She did the walk through with us and helped pick out areas that needed to be fixed. Vicki just knows the job, what we as new buyers should look for and what is expected of our new home. She is amazing. She was there from start to keys. I’m so grateful for all the time she spent on us. My hubby does NOT like change and she was good with him, gave him the space he needed while giving me the attention I needed. She can definitely read a room and is not afraid to speak up and advocate for her clients.

Bob and Laura Petix

We worked with agent Kristin Wellborn. This was our fifth house bought/sold over the past 28 years and Kristin is by far the best realtor we have ever worked with (not even close). In this case, we were buyers. Kristin possesses incredible knowledge about the Austin area. We resided in another state (1,400 miles away) and had to purchase our house without being able to visit in person. We completely relied on her understanding of the various towns and neighborhoods. She sent us many, many videos and frank assessments about the myriad properties for sale that she visited on our behalf. Kristin respected our wishes concerning the purchase process (no bidding wars!) and in the end negotiated a great deal on our behalf, below both list and the lender-appraised value. Our offer to the seller was based on well-researched comparables and was immediately accepted. (BTW: we were not “high-end” buyers; our purchase price was about average for Austin. Rest assured: Kristin will work tirelessly on your behalf regardless of your price level.) She kept in constant contact with us, seven days a week. Honestly, it would be impossible to find a more dedicated agent.

Leila Hanna

We have had the privilege of working with Eric Engberg ( with Eric Bramlett Real Estate) on more than one occasion and he is outstanding. We first met him when we began to relocate to the austin area from Seattle. It was a scary time, but he was so patient and informative ( what he does not know, he will make sure to find out!) he treated us more like family than clients and got us a great deal on a fantastic home that suited all of our needs. When it was time to get a bigger home that we wanted to build, he was right there for us and even helped us navigate while we switched builders early in the process. Most recently in 2020, we chose to sell our first home in Avery ranch and Eric got us the best price in record time just as Covid hit! He’s a miracle worker and a lifelong friend and realtor!

Jerod Honrath

We worked with Craig McGuire and he was phenomenal from start to finish with regards to selling our home. He was detailed and very thorough in how he navigated us through the selling process. I would most certainly recommend him to anyone that is looking to buy or sell their home and in fact we are using his vast expertise as well to build new future home over the next year.

Analisa Honrath

Every aspect of working with Craig McGuire and his team was positive. Highly recommend!

Ankit Paul

Vicki Duran is one of the best realtors out there. She is very knowledgeable, is always well prepared and thorough in her approach. She cares a lot about her clients and infact saved us $$ by helping us bid to the correct amount instead of over bidding. She is responsive and has great contacts to help us close the home. We were lucky to work with Vicki

Natasha Delatorre

Eric Engberg went above and beyond for me as my Realtor through the process of selling my home. He walked me through each step and he was always available to answer any questions, make suggestions and to give his professional opinion. Eric is very professional, thorough and knowledgeable in every aspect of Real Estate. I had a full price offer within 5 days and a backup offer shortly after that. I will most definitely use him as my Realtor in the search and purchase of my new home and I highly recommend him.

Erika G.

My boyfriend and I are first-time homebuyers, and had the pleasure of working with Tyson Hombroek! Tyson was fantastic – super helpful, knowledgeable, and exceptionally responsive. He walked us through the home-buying process step-by-step and always had great advice regarding red flags in homes and with builders. He really helped us feel confident every step of the way, which is saying a lot in this crazy market! We really couldn’t have hoped to work with a better agent, and would strongly recommend him to any other buyers.