Work with a real estate agent
Houston is a sprawling, 670 square mile city of over 2.3 million residents. The Greater Houston area extends from Lake Conroe down to Galveston, on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s easy to be overwhelmed when trying to find a wonderful, spacious home for sale in Houston, so you’ll definitely need a local’s help in this large city. The best way to find the perfect neighborhood and negotiate a great deal is to work with a real estate agent who has several years of experience in the Houston area.
Great agents know the ins and outs of the best neighborhoods - schools, parks, shopping, and much more. They’ll also know the most recent pricing trends, and will help get you a home that fits your budget and lifestyle needs.
Start your search for a Houston Heights realtor by visiting the websites of real estate companies, going over their testimonials and career bios. If you have friends or family already living in the Houston area, ask them for referrals. If they were satisfied with the agent who helped get them into a home, definitely add that agent to your list of possibilities. If you already have a job waiting for you in Houston but haven’t moved yet, ask your coworkers or HR for agent recommendations.
Once you’ve narrowed your list to the most promising agents, interview each one. The best attributes in an agent — besides extensive experience — are strong interpersonal communication skills and trustworthiness. Buying a home in any market could be the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, so forging a strong relationship with an agent is key.
Once you’ve hired an agent to help you search for desirable Houston real estate such as homes in Garden Oaks, it’s time to get going on relocating.
There are dozens of great neighborhoods
in the Houston area. Consider concentrating your home search in one of the neighborhoods near your place of employment to ensure the shortest commute possible.
In order to get oriented in Houston, it’ll help to know what and where “The Loop” is. The Loop
is the large area of central Houston that’s encircled by Interstate 610. There are some great neighborhoods within the Loop and many that fan out in all directions.
Among Houston’s top neighborhoods are Houston Heights
, Garden Oaks
, Oak Forest
, Memorial West
, and Spring Branch