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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Tammy was so helpful during our home buying process. We really appreciated how invested she was in us finding our first home. Would definitely recommend!

Selling our house with Bramlett Residential was a great experience. Our realtor, Craig, was not only patient and thoughtful but also an expert in our neighborhood. Throughout the process, he served as our advocate, ensuring we felt confident and supported every step of the way. Craig was a true professional, prioritizing our needs and concerns. He and the team took a lot of the stress out of the process.. I wholeheartedly recommend Bramlett Residential to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

Bramlett Residential Real Estate group was great! Our realtor, Simon Vand was super helpful and made our first home buying experience a lot of fun. We are thankful we had such a friendly agent and strongly recommend using him in the future!

Becky Welch is an excellent realtor and a joy to work with! She was super organized and helpful, guiding us through the process of finding and buying a home while minimizing our stress. She took the time to understand what we hoped to find and sent us regular email updates on new listings that met our criteria to help narrow our focus. She sent us expert video walk-throughs of homes we liked online to save us time, and was patient as we searched for months to find that “needle in the haystack” that met our unique needs. She ran detailed comp analysis on homes we liked, which helped us find a good investment that appraised above our purchase price. Once we made the offer, she expertly negotiated the contract terms and post-inspection amendments based on our input and provided solid advice, follow-ups & reminders from contract to post-closing. Becky’s referrals for a great home inspector and handyman/contractor were much appreciated. She even arranged foe one of her favorite roofers to make minor repairs at no charge, as she helped us estimate repair costs identified in the inspection. Becky went above & beyond to make buying our home as easy and painless as possible, interfacing with the title company, lender and selling agent to help keep our closing on track. Becky’s extensive Austin market knowledge and contacts, her strong work ethic and her calm and friendly demeanor make her the perfect partner to help buy a home! She guided us through an epic search to find the right home in the right neighborhood at the right price, and I’m now blessed to call her a friend!

Our experience working with Barrett was nothing less than amazing. He first came on our radar when he sold a house on our street before it hit the market. When it came time to sell our house, Barrett came prepared with market analysis data and confidence that he would sell our house quickly at a strong price point. Barrett was not pushy and
always gave us the necessary data to make informed decisions. His recommendations on painters, handymen, landscapers, stagers, and photographers were all a pleasure to work with and truly got our house looking its best. We received multiple offers within the first few weeks, and Barrett helped immensely throughout the process to ensure
everything went smoothly. And it did. Thank you, Barrett! It was then a no-brainer to work with Barrett on our new home purchase. Again, Barrett worked within the parameters we gave him. Originally, we thought that central Austin would no longer be an option with our growing family. Barrett was able to locate a new construction home in
Tarrytown that met our needs and then was able to negotiate to stay within our budget. We couldn’t be happier about our new home. Barrett was fantastic to work with both selling and buying. Highly recommended.

Barrett did a great job for us in many ways. His knowledge of the area (west, southwest Austin) was very helpful to us as we wanted to locate near our children and near a golf club. He advised us on clubs (he is uniquely qualified to do that!) and helped us identify the neighborhoods we were interested in. He worked tirelessly to show us houses and
was always helpful and knowledgeable. Most importantly, he spotted the house we bought before it hit the market and alerted us immediately. We couldn’t ask for more from a Realtor. He was a pleasure to work with. We felt he was a straight shooter and a good listener. We would definitely recommend him to friends.

If I was going to sum up my experience with Barrett in one word, it would be ‘Professional.’ I personally think this is the best compliment you can give to someone for their job. Barrett was always available and responded to every call or text very timely, and even if he didn’t have the answer immediately and needed to rely on others for the
answers, he would set expectations on when I could expect an answer and eventually provide the answer needed. This was our first home buying process, and both my fiance and I felt comfortable with Barrett throughout the entire process. During every walkthrough we had, he did a great job of answering any questions we had and was
careful not to force his opinions on the house unless we specifically asked for his opinion. He let us know what to expect during each step of the process and made sure we felt comfortable, and never made us feel rushed. I really can’t say enough about my experience with Barrett, and I am grateful for having worked with him. I would absolutely
recommend Barrett to anyone and plan on working with him again in the future.

We, honestly, cannot say enough about Barrett. Knowing he had experience with relocation companies, and his superb knowledge of our neighborhood is what sold us on him. He answered every call, text, and email professionally and on time. This was our first time working with a relocation company, and Barrett took the time to explain
and guide us through the entire process. It is so important to have a good working relationship with your Realtor, and we feel very fortunate to have worked with him. We can only hope to find someone close to Barrett in Washington State when we decide to buy here.

My experience with Barrett Sandefur has been absolutely amazing! Barrett’s knowledge of current market conditions, housing trends, and the best way to navigate the home buying process in the ever-changing Austin marketplace was invaluable. Being a first-time home buyer made for a high-stress situation, but with the help of Barrett, everything came together seamlessly. Having a great realtor can make a world of difference when looking for your home, and I can not think of a better person to have walked me through this process. From taking me to countless house showings, answering many questions and phone calls, to helping me secure my perfect first home,
Barrett consistently made my home buying process run smoothly. Thanks, Barrett, for being my realtor of choice!

I have worked with Barrett Sandefur on three properties, both as the buyer and the seller. It is by far the best experience I have ever had with an agent. He is always on top of everything, communicates well, and makes the process easy. I recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in Austin.

I had a great experience working with Barrett. I found him to be very proactive and knowledgeable. His proactivity was key, both in terms of finding a great opportunity before it hit the market, but also by reaching out with helpful info or check-ins as we moved from offer to closing. His market knowledge was very helpful, both in terms of helping me understand the neighborhood and opportunity, but also talking through potential improvements to the house and what they could net me in terms of an estimated value and rents.

I must say, working with Barrett was an awesome experience. I had very specific goals in mind and he understood that very well. He guided me at every step of the way, from finding the right property to closing it. I being remote in California was very skeptical about the whole remote buying process. I was constantly testing him on various
aspects of the buying process and I am glad to say that he has earned my trust with his knowledge and patience! Super responsive and super approachable. He found me exactly what I was looking for. Having worked with various other realtors, I think I can safely say that working with Barrett was the best experience for me overall. I have
already referred him to a lot of my friends.

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