House Hunting 101: Top 10 Essential Considerations

House Hunting 101: Top 10 Essential Considerations

Finding just the right home, one where you see yourself living happily for many years to come can be a daunting task. According to Realtors, buyers are looking for much more than the perfect house.  Homebuyers want to belong to a thriving community that exemplifies the lifestyle they seek.

Of course, this criterion makes Creekshaw master-planned community a great choice.

How can a new homebuyer know if they’ve found the right home? Here are the top 10 essential factors to consider.

  • Demand and Desirability

Location is a top priority when purchasing a new home and will significantly influence demand and desirability. In the case of Creekshaw, it is about a 30-minute drive northeast of downtown Dallas. Combining the small-town charm of Royse City with the big-city convenience of the Dallas Metroplex, the builders at this charming community offer residents a striking variety of well-crafted, quality homes.

  • Money Matters

When building a new home, a key factor in arriving at a budget is establishing non-negotiable priorities, from style and function to finishing materials. Is the house you plan to buy comfortably in your price range? A budget isn’t about restricting what a person can spend. It permits them to spend without guilt or regret.

  • Tailor Made

Understanding both the lot size and house size is essential for property valuation and planning. Lot size refers to the total area of the land parcel where your home is situated. Property size refers to the total area within the home itself, often calculated in square footage. Families are not “one size fits all.” For example, some families prefer a single-story home while others prefer two stories.  Some families plan on a bonus room to accommodate changing space requirements moving forward.

  • Feature Attractions

When purchasing a new home, a variety of available floor plans ensures a layout that works well for your family. Spa bathrooms are becoming equally as important as functional, upscale kitchen layouts for adding to the quality of daily life. Upscale amenities attract potential buyers. Creekshaw has hike-and-bike trail systems that connect neighborhoods with pocket parks, open spaces, and a catch-and-release fishing pond. The community also boasts a resort-style amenity complex, with a large swimming pool, an event pavilion, lounging areas with a shade cabana, and plenty of lawn space for gatherings. For added convenience, the Royse City Sports Complex is located adjacent to the community.

  • Save Your Energy

Energy costs make up a large portion of a homeowner’s monthly bills. When shopping for a new home, it’s important to learn about a prospective home’s energy performance before you buy. In addition, a home that has been “future-proofed” for the impact of climate is a major selling point for climate-conscious consumers. The premier builders at Creekshaw construct eco-friendly homes with energy-efficient designs and sustainable materials to ensure the highest quality energy performance.

  • Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

When it comes to purposeful house hunting, a high-quality public school system plays a critical role in the decision-making process. Not only important as institutions of learning, but good schools also shape the surrounding communities, impact economic development, and influence home values. Students that live at Creekshaw will attend Royse City ISD  Royse City ISD is highly rated by the Texas Education Agency.  

  • First Impressions

Buyers are looking for houses that make them feel comfortable, inspired, and at home. If they walk into the house and begin mentally arranging the furniture, it’s a good bet the house could be the one. A good vibe begins at the curb. Look for appealing entryways and attractive landscaping. If the home checks most of the boxes, consider making an offer. If you can imagine living there for the next 5 to 10 years, you’ll know the house is probably a good fit for you.

  • Outdoor Oasis

Since the isolation of the pandemic, families have a renewed appreciation for inviting outdoor spaces in their backyards. Some must-haves include porches, fences, patios, and decks.  Creating a private outdoor oasis has never been more desirable or returned more in dividends. If you’re a potential homebuyer, the essential considerations include how much space you need (lot size) and how you intend to use it. When buying a home in Creekshaw, a personal oasis extends outward to include the community at large, with ample opportunities to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

For many prospective home buyers, safety is an essential consideration. Creekshaw is designed to be safe and functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Neighborhoods are well-lit and have monitored access points. The thoughtful design concept of “live, play, and work” ensures that upscale amenities are in walkable range to resident’s homes, reducing traffic risks and providing greater peace of mind. Homes are typically outfitted with surveillance systems for an added layer of security. Common spaces throughout the community make it easier to congregate with neighbors and friends.

  • Are You Appreciated?

One essential consideration not to underestimate is property appreciation. When investing real estate dollars in a master-planned community like Creekshaw, families are investing in a potential upside potential. Homes in these communities usually bring about a 10% pricing premium due to the attractive amenities and lifestyle features they offer.

It All Adds Up

These 10 factors add up to a great formula for building a “forever home.” If you are seeking a new home that fits your family’s active lifestyle, you can find exactly what you’re looking for at Creekshaw.

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