Today is the actual home anniversary of one of my dear friends. A little background story of how I connected with Lauren before she was a client. We both attended Louisiana State University. We started in Summer 2006 and were both as we say it in Louisiana “318” girls. That just means we are from North and Central Louisiana.
Lauren moved to DFW from Houston in 2015. She quickly told me she’d rent for a few months and purchase a home. She had purchased two in Houston and she didn’t plan to be in anyone’s apartment. As she says this, I quickly mention that the Dallas market is different from Houston and a little more expensive as well. After 6 months of renting a townhome, Lauren was over it and was ready to find her home. Our journey began. Read below for her chat on buying her first home in DFW.
1. What type of home were you considering?
I previously came from a 4 bedroom home so I was looking for a similar size home that would accommodate all my furniture.
2. What city did you purchase your home in?
3. Was it your first choice location? If not, what areas did you consider?
I focused my search on a particular area of town and not so much the city. I was open to all areas along the 380 corridor.
4. Now that you have lived in your city for a year, what is it that you like about your city?
I love that Prosper is a growing town. I get the small town feel all while being close to the city.
5. What attracted you to your neighborhood?
The builder, neighbors, and amenities.
6. What is something that you like about your neighborhood now that you have lived there for a year?
I love the sense of community in my neighborhood. If I ever leave something at the grocery store, I just ask my neighbors and they have it!
7. What advice would you give a first time homebuyer?
Be willing to compromise. It’s rare that you will get everything on your wish list. Understand that all the lovely features you want will cost so understand what can be upgraded at a later time to add value to your property in the future.
Lauren’s home was actually one that looked small without furniture in it. When I stopped by after she moved in, I was like WOW….I can’t believe your home is this big. This is to say, you’d be surprised on how much space the rooms actually have.