First-Time Home Buyers...

If you are a first-time home buyer, use the guide below for helpful hints and tips and learn how to avoid common mistakes when buying your first home in Austin and San Antonio.

  • Pre-Qualification: Meet with a mortgage broker and find out how much you can afford to pay for a home.
  • Pre-Approval: While knowing how much you can afford is the first step, sellers will be much more receptive to potential buyers who have been pre-approved. You'll also avoid being disappointed when going after homes that are out of your price range. With Pre-Approval, the buyer actually applies for a mortgage and receives a commitment in writing from a lender. This way, assuming the home you're interested in is at or under the amount you are pre-qualified for, the seller knows immediately that you are a serious buyer for that property. Costs for pre-approval are generally nominal and lenders will usually permit you to pay them when you close your loan.
  • List of Needs & Wants: Make 2 lists. The first should include items you must have (i.e., the number of bedrooms you need for the size of your family, a one-story house if accessibility is a factor, etc.). The second list is your wishes - things you would like to have (pool, den, etc.) but that are not absolutely necessary. Realistically for first-time buyers, you probably will not get everything on your wish list, but it will keep you on track for what you are looking for.
  • Representation by a Professional: Consider hiring your own real estate agent, one who is working for you, the buyer, not the seller.
  • Focus & Organization: In a convenient location, keep handy the items that will assist you in maximizing your home search efforts. Such items may include:
  1. One or more detailed maps with your areas of interest highlighted.
  2. A list or file of the properties that your agent has shown to you.
  3. Paper and pen for taking notes as you search.
  4. A camera to snap pictures of homes you have toured to help you remember your favorites and features you really liked.
  • Visualize the house empty & with your decor: Are the rooms laid out to fit your needs? Is there enough light?
  • Be Objective: Instead of thinking with your heart when you find a home, think with your head. Does this home really meet your needs? There are many houses on the market, so don't make a hurried decision that you may regret later.
  • Be Thorough: A few extra dollars well spent now may save you big expenses in the long run. Don't forget such essentials as:
    1. Include inspection & mortgage contingencies in your written offer.
    2. Have the property inspected by a professional inspector.
    3. Request a second walk-through to take place within 24 hours of closing.
    4. You want to check to see that no changes have been made that were not agreed on (i.e., a nice chandelier that you assumed came with the sale having been replaced by a cheap ceiling light).

All the above may seem rather overwhelming. That is why having a professional represent you and keep track of all the details for you is highly recommended. Please contact us directly to discuss any of these matters in further detail.

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Laura
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Working with you and your team was an absolute joy. Y'all was consistently available, highly trained and knowledgeable and stayed on top of every detail through closing. I will only call on y'all for handling all my future real estate transitions. Nothing too hard, too big or too small, I highly recommend y'all. "
Barbara
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You understood exactly what we were looking for, he composed a list for us and since we were coming from NY we only had one week to find our house and after seeing quite a few homes we found “the one” and from then on it was all good business being done on his part, since he had to be our legs on the ground sort of speak, he even did the final walk through and was very thorough checking everything out with pics to follow, excellent, professional and easy to relate to, I would most definitely recommend him to anyone that needs the kind of service he can provide.
Maria Raffa
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I am from the Huntsville AL area, retiring to New Braunfels. We saw your internet videos about New Braunfels and area real estate. The videos were informative, entertaining, and very well crafted. So we looked Tony up when it came time for assistance in a home purchase. I figured a person working that hard and that creatively to produce real estate videos would work hard and creatively for us. Our experience proved this to be a correct assumption. Our deepest thanks and best wishes go out to a gifted agent.
Jesse Curtis Henley
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Y'all were fantastic and were  real attentive to what I was looking for in a house. Very patient with my search and was pretty much always available. I would recommend you because he helped break down all things real estate which were all beyond me. 

With the information you gave me it allowed me to make the best decision for me and my family in purchasing a house. You also kept in touch with me after my closing date to check in to see if I needed any additional help with all the additional processes that come with buying a house, (locating utilities, homestead, etc).
Sebastian
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Without Cindi Reid, I don't think I would have a house today. I always joked that Cindi was not only my realtor but also my therapist. I went through quite a few difficulties, like having to walk away from a house after inspection, but she helped get me through it. Her advice and support was invaluable. She understands the emotional aspect of home buying and really took the time to understand me as a person so she could offer advice specific to my needs.

I was most impressed by Cindi's hustle. She never hesitated to get on the phone to figure something out, make the time to tour a home (we saw MANY), or take time to research and document every step of the way. Also, Cindi caught details in paperwork that everyone else missed, on multiple occasions.

Cindi helped me understand what was happening every step of the way, which was really reassuring as a first-time and single buyer. She also helped me negotiate in ways I never would have thought of on my own so I ended up with more money in my pocket. I'd recommend Cindi Reid to anyone who wants an empathic, smart, and hardworking partner on their side.
Tiffany Duening
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Robbie was very knowledgeable and gave fantastic recommendations for potential homes. He also was very flexible and available via email or text.

Overall, Robbie will always be our go for real estate
Barbara Falconer
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Great communication! Went above and beyond to accommodate our needs. Advocated on our behalf without us even asking. 10/10 5 stars isn't enough!
William
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Great communication and quick replies. Updated consistently. We were actually able to tour the home we wanted to look at just a few hours after talking to Carrie for the first time on a Saturday. Should mention this place is an hour away also, but she made it happen and met with us there. She was able to update the appropriate people during the application process as well when we didn't know who to contact, so this sped things up a bit and we're in the house we wanted. No words to describe how amazing this experience was and with the outcome we wanted! Carrie gets 20 stars!!!!!!!
Barbara
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Carrie was such a big help in finding me my next home.  I just told her what I wanted and she did all the work.
Jupi
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We were able to find our second home in Austin mainly because of the awesome service. We really appreciated and enjoyed working with Robbie. I will highly recommend to anyone who is seriously looking to buy property in Austin TX.
Rebecca Chang
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Of the several REALTOR’s I’ve talked to trying to find a place, Robbie is the only one that was actually committed to helping us and found us a great place to live. My experience with Robbie was above my expectations. His help through the process of finding a place and getting the paperwork processed is very much appreciated!

Robbie provided all needed information to not only get into a place, but also to set up the utilities needed for the place. I have bought 3 places in my past and never have had that great of service.
Martine Monroe
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Robbie English is by far THE BEST real estate Broker there is. If it wasn’t for him, his knowledge, intelligence and know how in the real estate process I think I would have pulled my hair out. He helped keep the sanity in what could be a stressful time in selling our home and finding our dream place. He practically held our hand and walked us through the process and stayed on top of things until not only the keys were put in our hands but he also checked on us after we moved in. He’s a very professional, thoughtful gentleman that goes above and beyond the call of duty. I can’t recommend him high enough. I’m just so grateful he was a partner with us in the journey to finding our dream place.
Steve
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Excellent overall experience! We were originally going to rent then decided to buy and found our home in 1 day! I would definitely recommend Robbie to other potential buyers. Robbie was always a professional, accommodating and friendly agent.
June Snarr
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Robbie’s ability to operate on-the-go without being tied to an office is oh-so-useful. He always responded quickly and was always informed, with data to back up his advice. Most importantly, our agent was a great problem-solver. He came through when needed most!. I would highly recommend Robbie, especially to those looking to purchase a house remotely. As remote buyers, we were able to educate ourselves about the neighborhood and market, but having an agent knowledgeable about the area and able to act for our interest was immensely helpful. 
Jennifer Wagner
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You are a great listener and a great communicator. Thank you for taking the time to meet with us and get to know us. You helped us find exactly what we were looking for at our own place. You always kept us in the loop, which was very helpful in our decision making. I will definitely be recommending you to any of my friends in search of guidance. Thanks Robbie!!
Richard
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Robbie English has re-established my commitment in the process. I think I was mentally drained until I met Robbie, he is a fantastic person… he is genuine and patient. Robbie takes the time to explain every step of the process, he is excellent at what he does, working with Robbie is like spending time with an old friend, he makes you feel relaxed and ensures you are well informed. Robbie is a great person and I enjoy working with him.
Lorraine Smith
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Robbie has been outstanding. Robbie has been very patient with me. I am very pleased with all of his efforts. They have paid off because now I am purchasing my own home.
Linda Comer
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Robbie made my buying experience so easy and painless. He was patient and very understanding when it came to my wants and needs, NO PRESSURE at all. I couldn’t ask for a better Realtor or experience.
Nic Williams
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You’re awesome. Seriously! I’m glad you’re my realtor! Robbie was extremely knowledgeable and unfazed by the challenges we faced. Robbie was straightforward and honest. He was extremely knowledgeable. He knew the ins and outs of the process. More importantly, he was a great resource for me as a first time home buyer. 
Rafik Massoud
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We have the most amazing real estate company helping us sell our home and finding our dream home. It went live in the MLS on a Thursday at 9 a.m. We had three showings that came that afternoon. The first showing was at 1:30 and they made an offer as soon as they got back to the office. We had 11 scheduled showings Friday and before we knew it we were in a multi-offer status.

Long story short…we got an unbelievably sweet deal from a very sweet couple. They kindly offered well over our appraised value to secure it. Cherry on the cake…all cash too! However, they have no clue just what a great deal they’re getting. It’s a wonderful neighborhood…like one big family who look out for each other. Super duper sweet neighbors! I love them all so much.

Robbie English and his team are awesome. They are there with their clients every step of the way in the process. They are very strategic in their approach showing they know the market and how to get you what you want. They never pressure you but are there to give you solid advice and provide answers to your questions. Robbie is amazingly smart and his agents are too. They are awesome!

They truly have and continue to go above and beyond what we expected of them. We absolutely recommend them 100% if you ever want to sell your home or purchase another. It has been an amazing experience and I doubt we would have had near the positive experience with anyone else. They are like no other.

Comparing them to any other real estate company we’ve worked with before is like comparing high quality caviar to Spam. Truly thank you for all you have done. I can’t thank you enough.
Teresa Schmidt
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Robbie helped us buy our first home and then sell it 3 and 1/2 years later. He made the process so easy and painless especially because both times we were moving from or to another state. He was our feet on the ground when we couldn’t be there in person. We trusted him and his opinion so much that we bought our home with out seeing it in person(only via facetime!) But he also was never pushy and let us make our own decisions while throughly explaining everything!
Sammy Sondrup
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We were able to both buy and sell our home with Robbie. He was phenomenal! Throughout the process and my wife and I had complete confidence in his ability to advocate for us. I can not recommend him enough if you are on the search for a realtor.
Craig Poulsen
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We have the most amazing real estate company helping us sell our home and finding our dream home. 

Robbie English and his team are awesome. They are there with their clients every step of the way in the process. They are very strategic in their approach showing they know the market and how to get you what you want. They never pressure you but are there to give you solid advice and provide answers to your questions. Robbie is amazingly smart and his agents are too. They are awesome!

They truly have and continue to go above and beyond what we expected of them. We absolutely recommend them 100% if you ever want to sell your home or purchase another. It has been an amazing experience and I doubt we would have had near the positive experience with anyone else. They are like no other.

Comparing them to any other real estate company we’ve worked with before is like comparing high quality caviar to Spam. Truly thank you for all you have done. I can’t thank you enough.
Teresa Schmidt
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We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Robbie English for his exceptional professionalism and invaluable expertise throughout the process of purchasing our new home. Robbie's wealth of experience in real estate was evident in every step of the journey, and his advanced education truly set him apart. His keen insights and thorough understanding of the market not only streamlined the entire process but also significantly benefited us in making informed decisions. Robbie's commitment to excellence and personalized approach made the experience enjoyable and stress-free. We are incredibly grateful for his dedication and are now happily settling into our dream home, all thanks to Robbie's outstanding guidance.
Brett
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He was always looking out for my best interest regardless of whether I liked the answers he had. Needless to say it resulted in me purchasing my new home. I am very satisfied with his efforts. I guess you can say I am a "raving fan".
Linda
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I’ve worked with Robbie since 2015 when I purchased my first home. He was very helpful and honest. He also helped me when I decided to sell that home in 2021. I received the best offer I could with his guidance.
Linda
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A special thanks goes out to Robbie English for your support and patience. You are made of strength and character that only you could possess; never change your way of seeing others equally. Not only are you a good friend but one Hell of a realtor. Thanks for all your time. If anyone is ever in need of a realtor/ friend contact me I will give you his number.
Christy
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I so enjoy Robbie's vast knowledge of real estate! His expertise brings great trust knowing I can count on him to advise me on my investments. I highly recommend his caring outlook and wise words when it comes to all things real estate.
Laura
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Robbie English does not disappoint. He generously shares his best practices as a broker and inspires me. He knows this industry at a level that goes way beyond.
Lesley