Typically if you look in the tax records it will show you the chain of owners going back to the builder.
Formal living is now considered a waste of space in a home. If you do a 5th bedroom it will have to have a closet to be considered that. Probably more efficient to go with a study there.
Initially you will save the commission rate which is negotiable typically between 4-6%. But usually you end up leaving money on the table because Realtors are able to draw more buyers in this market and work towards multiple offers and a higher price. Also, you have to be careful with who you let into your home. Realtors who are showing your home have buyers with pre-approval letters and are serious vetted buyers. FSBO buyers are by themselves and could either be real buyers, not show up(which wastes your time), or worse criminals scoping your home. So, while you save the commission rate you can end up losing in the end.
In Brookview for a home of that size you are looking at approximately $1500-$1550. A realtor would have to see the condition of the home to give an accurate value but tenants are going to be looking for pricing more than updates based upon my experience.
Each school district typically has a "zone finder" based upon the address of the home. I noticed you had Plano listed...http://schoolfinder.pisd.edu/ is the link for Plano. https://k12.niche.com/rankings/ and http://www.greatschools.org are sites that will tell you the rankings of each school and breakdown. Lots and building a home are going to be very expensive. The lots are going to be slim to none in the areas it sound like you are looking in. It is going to be cheaper to buy a pre-existing built home that may be a spec by a builder or even a couple years old. Building costs have continued to rise but builders do not like having inventory homes.If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me any time. Good Luck!
Most people buying a home that size are families and want that dining room AND breakfast area. But, there is a movement with builders of taking the dining room away since it is only used a couple times a year...that is where having both areas is vital. There are a couple builders who have gone the route of placing the dining area adjacent and open to the kitchen and living area...I have seen mixed reviews from buyers. Most have the same question you do.
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Technically it is a sellers market due to low inventory but in reality it depends on the home and its condition. Homes that are updated in good condition will have multiple offers and go fast. But, average or needing updating will sit for a bit unless priced to move. Prices have gone up and are predicted to continue to rise for the next year. Also, interest rates and easier lending programs have helped the market as well
Absolutely...Highland will have better quality home for resale for the neighborhood, better quality materials, and better warranty work. Also, typically the Highland floorplans are more desirable while First Texas is considered cookie cutter.
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