Houston Homebuyer FAQs: Questions to Ask about Costs and Budget


With affordable housing and a low cost of living along with a reputation for being one of the largest cities in the country, making the move to Houston should easily be a no-brainer. But as homebuyers, particularly those buying a home for the first time, the different aspects of the home purchase process pose certain challenges. Considering that it’s a huge investment and most likely the biggest transaction most will ever do in their lifetime, asking the right questions leads to more confident decisions and a potential appreciation in value in the future. While you may have a million questions in mind, this guide has a few suggestions on the most important ones. In this first part of our Houston Buyer FAQ series, we’ll share potential queries you can ask the parties you’ll be working with in terms of cost and budget.

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Cost and Budget – The Most Important Questions to Ask

What are the Overall Costs?

You already know that buying a house or any investment property for that matter is way different from buying stuff at the mall. That being said, the price of a property as displayed in the ad is nowhere near the actual cost you’ll be paying. Regardless of whether you take out a loan or pay for everything in cold hard cash, there are a lot of costs to factor in and all of this will depend on your credit score, the type of loan you’ll go for, the lender’s policies, as well as the terms you and your lender will agree upon. Beyond the property you’re eyeing for, it will vary from one lender to another but the typical costs will include:

  • Appraisal
  • Condition Inspection
  • Interest Rate
  • Mortgage Insurance (if the down payment is less than 20%)
  • Taxes
  • Association Fees (if the location of the property has a home-owners association)

What Comes with the Property?

You are buying a home, but you may end up paying for some additional things. This can be anything from the usual home fixtures to window treatments, and to a certain extent, some appliances. Ask the seller or the realtor so you’ll have a better understanding of what costs will come with the property you’re about to purchase. Doing so can also help you decide if you’re willing to pay for such costs or not. A verbal agreement will do but of course, it wouldn’t hurt to ask the seller to put everything into writing especially if things of value are included such as built-in audio hardware or smart home systems.

How does the Property’s Value Compare to Others in the Area?

Beyond the more obvious fact that getting an answer to this question will show how your would-be new home compares to others in the neighborhood, it will help determine how the property’s value will appreciate. Asking this question can also help you clarify why your home is priced either on the higher or lower end of the spectrum. Think of it this way, it’s much better to get a horrid spot in a reputable neighborhood than to get the best spot on a highly notorious one.

Buying a home in Houston or anywhere may entail a whole lot of questions in terms of costs. There are several options and choices to consider, but in the meantime, you can narrow down your home buying considerations by searching for the perfect home through these available listings.

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