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Old 01-21-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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Hi Everyone. We are switching courses and taking your advice to take time to discover the area a bit prior to committing to a home.

Can you please recommend some apartments/townhome places for the interim?

We will probably have to significantly increase our house spend to nearly $400k to get ideally what we want, and that is ok but in that case we need to take the purchase a bit more seriously.

For now, we will rent prior to purchase. Thanks for your help!
Casey
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:07 AM
 
Location: NE Tarrant County, TX
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We will probably have to significantly increase our house spend to nearly $400k to get ideally what we want, and that is ok but in that case we need to take the purchase a bit more seriously.
You know, I wanted to mention to you earlier that - in my home search - the homes at or below $299K were so markedly inferior (in attention to detail, fixtures, carpet, appliances, fencing and layout) to the homes starting at about the $350K threshold that just to stretch the finances (if possible) to $350K, it honestly opens up a world of difference. I know that you can find everything you want just south of $400K... and I am certain that you'll be happy - if that extra money doesn't add any stress to you or your family.

Earlier you said that your budget was $200K and I wouldn't want anyone to exceed their budget. It's sad, but 100% true that money changes everything and that is a stress you really don't want in your life.

Now, enjoy the entire process. I actually miss it (looking at home after home and imagining what our lives would be like in that home/community/town).

During our search, we lived off of Riverside Pkwy in aparatments that had garages, west of 360 and just north of Arlington. That area provides good access to NE Tarrant County. Lots of apartment in that area and there are also lots of apartments with 2-car garages off of Green Oaks Blvd in N. Arlington. There is no shortage of apartments! Renting is definitely a low risk option.

Welcome!

-Eric

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Old 03-26-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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Hi - Haven't been back in a while but still looking around.

Anyone familiar with the Lakes of Stone Glen? Any nice apts in Keller?

Thanks again!
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Old 03-29-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: NE Tarrant County, TX
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I haven't any idea, but will post anyway to give your thread a "bump" so that it may get more notice. It's been pretty slow lately.

-Eric
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Old 04-04-2010, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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Hi - Haven't been back in a while but still looking around.

Anyone familiar with the Lakes of Stone Glen? Any nice apts in Keller?

Thanks again!
Have you been to the apartment complex? I just returned from there and I went to visit that apartment community..... It is one that I am seriously considering myself. Seems like a nice area. Gated community-nice apartments. Not huge...but do-able. Leasing staff very helpful and residents were actually striking up conversation with me while I was there. People seemed very friendly.

I really liked that area. Had a country feel to me - some very nice houses in the area. Millionaire style. Of course, I ended up in Southlake at some point without realizing it....
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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For the past few months, we were on a house hunt, I mean, if you can do it, now is the time to be considering picking up a deal.

My mother was in home builder lending (the builders have to finance, too) for 20+ years 'till her bank went under. She knows it quite well, and said "avoid D.R. Horton at all costs...the walls don't meet the floor..." Sometimes it really is too good of a deal. The cost savings comes from somewhere.

Had you not mentioned them, I'd not have said anything, but my mom knows her stuff when it comes to builders and problems. This was the only one which she said to avoid.

It's a challenge, sometimes, discovering who built a house in an established neighborhood, but in our case, we went with a couple of year old Perry home because it was obviously built more than decently and the floorplan was what we were looking for. A price of $55/sq. ft. didn't hurt matters one bit, either.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:29 AM
 
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Thank you Mckellyb! Appreciate the insight. Wish we could buy something off the bat, but not knowing the area is throwing me. My friends in Keller said they wished they had purchased in Heritage. Anyone feel the same way. Frankly, we'd rather have our own pool - not into the community thing..personal preferance.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth Texas
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We are moving to the Fort Worth area this summer and have several friends who live in Keller. Wondering what the best areas are as well as who the best builders are in the area.

Have been to Southlake several times and love that area as well.

Have heard to stay east of 377 and to stay in Tarrant County. We are a couple in our mid-30s without kids so the school districts don't much matter at this time.

Also, any great builders? Only seeing DR Horton Subdivisions. They look very nice. Want to get the most bang for our modest buck.

Thanks for any help and advice you can give.
Casey and Tim
where are you going to work. Keller can be a long way out.that area also ha snightmare traffic on texas moto speedway race weekends
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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Heritage is nice. I think we'll be looking there when we make the move from Saginaw to somewhere closer to Roanoke for work.

I like Heritage because it's clean, new and not very crowded. It's a very nice area to drive through and it appears to be pretty walkable, which is a must, being from the East Coast. I think it'll be on our short list when we buy.

There are nice apartments at 35 and North Tarrant Pkwy. I also liked the Ranch at Fossil Creek, which is nearby and very affordable. We stayed there short-term in corporate housing and it was very comfortable and convenient to the area. You might also look at the Eagle Mountain area - they have some nice apartments right on the lake that are in a really nice spot.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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Eagle Mtn Lake area can be a real pain to get in/out of though--the roads in that area are often just two lanes, no passing, no stop lights at intersections...and on weekends you get people with boats...
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