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Why buying a home is more complicated than buying a car, and how you can make it easier

Article By:  Marty Kramer | Consumer columnist


A friend of mine once commented that a person can walk into an auto dealership and drive away in a $100,000 car a few hours later. So why, he wanted to know, does it take so long to purchase a home?

Here’s why

You don’t need to hire a surveyor to measure a car to find out if the neighbor’s fence encroaches on your property. Cars don’t have utility easements. You won’t need to buy extra insurance if a car was built in the 100-year flood plain.

Purchase a house, though, and you’ll be dealing with items like those as well as option periods, contingency clauses, and inspections.

Oh, and title insurance, disclosure notices, escrow accounts, and earnest money.

Don’t forget about items that convey with the property (or not), lender-required repairs, homeowners associations, and prorated taxes. The list goes on.

The point is that it’s complicated. Much more so than purchasing a car.

There’s good news, though

You know that uneasy feeling you get at the car dealership? The one where you wonder if the salesperson is manipulating you?

You don’t have to experience that when buying a home. Hire a Texas REALTOR®, and you’ll have a professional on your side. Your Texas REALTOR® understands every step of the process. He or she will explain your options, your obligations, timelines (no, it’s not a few hours from finding the home you want until you get the keys), costs, and all the other factors that go into a successful real estate purchase.

Charles Gardner, Realtor





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