Prospective home buyers think it may be a waste of money to purchase a new property survey. It is important to contract for a new survey if there is none available. Don’t you want to know specifically what you are buying? Purchasing a home is the largest financial decision made by most people. Acreage and raw land may have ambiguous markers. Fences have been known to have been moved or removed. A new home may have a zero lot line that may not be evident to a consumer’s eye.
A property survey conveys crucial information at the time of contract and future changes you may wish to make to your land.
5 Important issues for having a property survey:
Location of utility easements – As simple as this may sound, prospective buyers have asked why these easements are necessary! In order to have electric, gas, water, cable, internet, etc., utility easements are necessary. Location of the utility easements let you know not to pour new concrete for a gazebo over your gas lines! This is also required access for utility companies.
Property parameters – Does the driveway overlap onto the next door neighbor’s property? Property lines verify the length/width of the easement between your home and the public access (street or road). Property lines also differentiate your neighbors property, side to side and in back, from your property.
Fence lines – If your neighbor contracted to install a fence overlapping onto your backyard, a survey is integral to protecting your rights. A survey can also verify fence ownership.
Location of septic tank lids and wells – knowledge for inspection, maintenance and access.
Location of improvements – house, concrete for sidewalks, driveways, patios, outbuildings, and any other structures. Gravel drives and walkways, as well as fences are noted.
The survey date is important if changes have been made – additions as well as deletions to the property since the date of the last survey. A form T-47, Residential, Real Property Affidavit can be used to verify no changes have been made to the property when a sale is transacted. A survey protects your rights. A professional Realtor® or real estate attorney can guide and direct you for protection of your best interests.
The Realtor® requests a mortgage pre-approval or verification of funds. You have determined you are ready to research the purchase of a house. You may start out looking at homes on real estate websites. During the process, you contact a real estate agent to view a specific home. You may not be ready to disclose all of your personal information, at this time. It may be your preliminary plan to determine what is available in the market. You may be researching a different area to move to or you aren’t sure of your buying power. The purchase of a home is the largest financial transaction most people will make in their lifetime. A serious buyer is willing to provide the information necessary to complete this transaction.
If you are on a search for a new place to call home, you will have to pay for it. A mortgage pre-approval gives you insight into how much home you are able to afford. A mortgage professional can also educate you on options and benefits you may not have been fully aware of. We all like to think we are our own experts but even Realtors® learn something new with each change in lending laws, policies and guidelines. Mortgage lenders are expert in their field and will provide all options available to you.
A cash buyer will be asked for verification of funds. A percentage of prospective buyers feel they do not have to disclose their personal information to a real estate agent. An experienced Realtor® will verify the buyer’s ability to pay. A licensed Realtor also has a fiduciary duty to keep information confidential and direct actions in the best interest of his/her customer/client.
If you are unable to apply for a mortgage or do not have your funds at goal status, a real estate agent will be able to provide information necessary for a successful transaction. If you have an existing relationship with a financial institution, they may be able to provide direction for attaining your home buying goals.
For the safety of a real estate agent and the owners of the homes you wish to view, prospective buyers must provide personal identification. Contact information allows the Realtor® to communicate information essential to the customer’s needs. When you are ready to purchase a home, realize the real estate agent providing services to you, is a professional. Your best interest is forefront. A qualified buyer will have the information necessary to make the best decisions.
According to a realtor.com® analysis, active listings which include more than one master bedroom, average 9 percent higher in price than those that do not. Consumers are more vocal when it comes to stating their needs in a home. Multiple master bedrooms are becoming the new trend in homes. Consumers are open when stating why they want more than one master bedroom. Some folks will share information they don’t tell their pastor, priest or rabbi but they will tell their realtor® specifically why they want separate master bedrooms.
Reasons for multiple master bedrooms:
Partners snore, thrash, talk in their sleep or get up too often during the night
Multi generational family needs – elderly parents, boomerang kids, siblings
Sleep disorders – such as insomnia, sleep walking, sleep apnea, sleep eating
One partner wishes to sleep with pets in the bed and the other disagrees
Accommodating children in the bed and the other partner requires sound sleep
New construction homes are being built in the Delany Cove Subdivision, La Marque, Texas – a 15 minute drive from Seawall Blvd in Galveston – or a 30 minute commute to downtown Houston. La Marque has the advantages of both living near the gulf coast beach with access to a major metro area.
Delany Cove is minutes from the Gulf Freeway (I-45), Tanger Outlet Mall, Texas City Dike, shopping, restaurants and outdoor recreation. The 25 acre amusement park, Adventure Pointe is currently under construction next to Tanger Outlet Mall. Updates for the opening date are available on the Adventure Pointe Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/adventurepointepark Delany Cove has a children’s playground with picnic area and benches for family enjoyment. Hitchcock Independent School District serves this community’s educational needs.
New home construction does not require changing wallpaper, carpet color, kitchen remodels or painting. A brand new home is move-in ready. New construction has the “new home smell”. No one else walked barefoot on the carpet or brushed their teeth in the bathroom sink.
GreenECO Builders and Lennar Homes offer spacious floor plans and beautiful elevations to choose from in the Delany Cove subdivision. New construction homes include new kitchen appliances, landscaping and choices available to make it your unique home. To insure your best interests are a priority, visit Delany Cove with your real estate agent. A Realtor will offer individual attention to the home buying process as well as working with the builder. This is at no additional cost to you as the new home buyer.