Last updated: July 26, 2016 So you’re considering buying a home in Flower Mound (one of the greatest suburbs in America). Or, maybe you’re still weighing your options. That’s OK. Either way, this article is intended to give you an honest outlook on the things that you should be careful of when purchasing a home in Flower Mound. This article will give you tips that could save you thousands of dollars, and years worth of headaches.
But of course, I’m also going to provide you with some great insights on what you need to be looking for when browsing the homes of DFW as well.
Buying a home is always a very delicate process that takes a lot of time and energy regardless of where you’re searching. However, this article will provide you with some home buying tips that are specific to North Texas. There are some definite things that you need to look out for if you aren’t familiar with the Texas heat, or other tricky issues of this area. Alright, here we go. Here are The Top 12 Tips For Buying A Home in Flower Mound, Texas.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #1.) Choose Your Real Estate Agent Wisely
Everyone believes that your real estate agent is supposed to be almost friend-like, right?
The truth is that your real estate agent probably wouldn’t be sending you post cards every Christmas if they didn’t believe they could get some kind of further value out of you in the future.
It’s kind of a harsh reality, but it’s also an important one to understand if you’re truly considering buying a home in Flower Mound.
Your real estate agent probably doesn’t have your best interests in mind…
There are some amazing real estate agents out there who actually will put forth a ton of effort and energy into helping you reach your home buying goals. But, these kinds of agents are difficult to find. Especially around the Dallas area, which is currently one of the hottest real estate markets in the USA.
Real estate agents ultimately know that they have leverage during times like these. And they ultimately have a strong sense of self-interest at the end of the day, just like every other human being on Earth. They want to sell you a home as soon as possible, and they will tell you what you want to hear for the most part, in order to reach their goals.
In fact, real estate agents actually need to sell you a home as fast as possible, since they require quick turnaround times in order to flip more clients.
The point of this is that you should be the one taking the Flower Mound home buying process into your own hands for the most part.
Let a highly-trusted real estate agent handle all of the showings, negotiations and paperwork. There are some amazing agents out there, seriously. But, you shouldn’t always take your agent’s word as gospel. Do your own research. Inspect homes in Flower Mound carefully. Go with your gut – and you should be golden.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #2.) Be Cautious Of Swimming Pools
Don’t buy a home with a swimming pool in Flower Mound.
I repeat, do not buy a home with a swimming pool in Flower Mound.
Why do you need a home with a swimming pool anyway?
Get a gym membership to Lifetime Fitness instead, which doubles as a luxurious spa anyway. You’ll pay something like $80/month to workout in a world-class gym that’s open 24/7 – which also includes access to multiple, enormous swimming pools that are cleaned and maintained for you (hassle-free)!
If you must have a home with a pool in North Texas, then you should perform extreme due diligence to ensure that any pool you’re considering (along with the home) has been properly maintained.
Pools crack all the time in the Texas heat, and require ultra-consistent maintenance work. They’re a literal money pit.
If the pool that you’re considering purchasing has been regularly maintained and professionally restored at some point in time, then you’ll probably be okay. Well, you’ll probably still have to deal with the headaches that come with maintaining a pool (I’m trying to save you some serious trouble here – if you couldn’t tell).
Overall, if you’re very cautious about buying a home with a pool in North Texas, you can probably make a clean getaway. I don’t recommend it, but some people are able to live with this decision.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #3.) Beware of the Cookie Cutter McMansion Home
When buying a home in Flower Mound, be very careful of inexpensive builders like Lennar Homes. I’ve had an extremely poor experience with them when purchasing my home in Flower Mound, as did many other “real estate noobies”.
Since I learn best in life by making insane, idiotic mistakes, I eventually found this to be a great learning experience in the end.
I now thoroughly research every major purchase I make!
My Flower Mound Lennar home was constructed using the cheapest materials they could source. My home’s walls began to crack after just a few years (even with consistent maintenance), as did the majority of my fixtures, and many other little details of the house. My plumbing is super loud, and I had to remodel my kitchen soon after purchase.
They just did a very ineffective, shoddy job of constructing my home, and Lennar Home’s consumer reviews reflect the fact that many other consumers feel the same way. They’re a borderline scam corporation, considering the price most people pay for their work.
Note: I’m not saying that Lennar Home’s is a scam corporation. I’m just saying they’re pushing the limits of what they can get away with to the extreme. Be very careful with “cheap” builders like these.
Because so many homes in the Dallas area are being built so quickly using questionable methods and materials to meet the high market demand – it’s best that you be very diligent about the make of the company that has built any home you’re seriously considering.
Of course, there are some great builders out there. Flower Mound still has some great, high-quality homes. You’ll find most of these homes in neighborhoods that have been around for some time (yeah, even if they’re 10+ years old – this at least shows some signs of durability).
It’s the newer neighborhoods that are popping up everywhere in Flower Mound that you need to be especially careful of. These neighborhoods usually offer the same cookie-cutter style McMansion homes that are thrown together by shoddy builders en masse.
Always ask about the make of the home. Write this down, and do your research for every home that you consider.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #4.) Look for Signs of Cracking
This is a tricky area to navigate. Most people will tell you that the Texas heat causes our general area to “crack”, regardless of where in North Texas it is that you purchase your home.
The best thing that you can do to handle this problem is take a great look at the concrete work, foundation and ground area of any Flower Mound home you’re considering purchasing. Get in there real close. Don’t worry if your agent or someone else calls you a weirdo for getting up close and personal with prospective homes. You’re trying to prevent tens of thousands of dollars worth of future repair work here. Look for any oddities or obvious signs of cracking.
Cracking ground > cracking foundation > cracked home. It’s as simple as that.
The Dallas area has also been experiencing the occasional earthquake or two as of late, so that may be contributing to an increase in the cracking of homes.
I know that this may sound like a weird thing to investigate when you’re considering buying a home, but it’s definitely something you need to be aware of.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #5.) Ask About Homeowners Associations (HOA’s)
Flower Mound HOA’s can be great or bad depending on your needs. If you’re like me, then you don’t like making mandatory payments to some random regulatory body of people who “upkeep the integrity of the neighborhood.”
Alright, that might have sounded a little bit negative. But, I generally don’t get along too well with these kinds of organizations that try to exert their power and control over ordinary homeowners.
If you own your own home, then you should be able to do exactly what you want with your property, right?
Some HOA’s can be overbearing, so it’s definitely a good idea to speak with people from any prospective neighborhood that you have in mind.
And sometimes, HOA’s can be a good thing, if you don’t mind paying some money to live a low-maintenance lifestyle (let the HOA do the dirty work for you). That’s completely fine. If you like having a good HOA, then you may want to consider living somewhere like Bridlewood or Tour 18 – which appear to be absolutely spotless neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are in almost mint condition, and that’s probably due to the result of having effective HOA’s.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #6.) Know Local Zoning Laws
This is another tricky area to deal with. You can’t predict the future, so you don’t know exactly where businesses will be built in the future.
The reality is that Flower Mound has practically turned into a city of its own in recent years, and it’s still growing faster than ever.
You need to know where businesses are allowed to be built before you purchase a home in Flower Mound.
I have friends who purchased a home in Highland Village in the late 2000’s, and then had a major highway built directly behind them once highway 2499 (which connects Denton, Flower Mound and Grapevine) was built. But not only that – a Wal-Mart was also built just down the road from their home shortly after.
This just goes to show you that the entire Dallas area is expanding so quickly that you really need to decide ahead of time if you’re looking for a traditional neighborhood, or an area that will potentially have multiple businesses surrounding it.
Flower Mound is practically a small city – so you should be okay with this right now if you’re considering living here.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #7.) Take Full Advantage of our School Zones
You really can’t go too wrong with the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) – but you probably want to at least make sure that you know exactly which schools you’ll be funneling your children into when you purchase a home in LISD.
If you purchase a home in Flower Mound proper, you’ll be golden. Your children will attend schools like Flower Mound High School or Edward S. Marcus High School – exemplary public schools (these are the closest you can get to sending your children to private school without paying the price tag).
If you decide to live in Lewisville, which isn’t a bad area by any means – your children will attend schools that probably aren’t as effective as the one’s in Flower Mound, Highland Village and Denton. Again, I’m not saying this to be rude – just trying to be honest here. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Lewisville or the surrounding areas, but living in the actual town of Flower Mound will place your young ones in some of the absolute greatest public schools in the country.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #8.) Look for Smaller, Energy-efficient and Low-maintenance Homes
I know what you’re thinking.
You’re considering making the big move to the Dallas area, and you want a Texas-sized house to go along with the move.
It’s cheap out here, right? You can afford it…
Well, I mean you probably can afford to purchase a huge home here (homes here are bargain-priced in comparison to places like California or New York).
But, it’s just not worth it in my opinion.
The mortgage payments, A/C bills, maintenance work, landscaping costs, HOA fees, property taxes and all that other fun stuff just seems to seriously add up over time.
I’d suggest that you invest in a smaller-sized home, and simply fight off that urge to compete with the Jones’.
I’m not telling you to live in a shack here.
But, you’re definitely going to be tempted to purchase a sprawling McMansion when that mortgage gets preapproved.
I’m just giving you a fair warning. It isn’t always worth it.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #9.) Find Green Areas
Living by an abundance of greenery is becoming more and more underrated and difficult to do in DFW.
With all of the business expansion, home building and mind blowing deforestation – finding a wooded area to live by is becoming extremely difficult in Flower Mound.
While some of our friendly neighbors such as Argyle and Denton offer “country-style” homes with amazing land – you’ll be lucky to be allowed to have more than two trees on your property thanks to some of Flower Mound’s brutal HOA’s.
I realize that you can’t have it all here (although you can get pretty freaking close).
If you like green areas, then I’d suggest looking around Tour 18. You’ll definitely pay a premium to live in that neighborhood, but it will be well worth it to experience the nice scenery, extra oxygen, and all-around luxurious setting you’ll be living in.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #10.) Golf Courses are Great
Self-explanatory. Living near a golf course was one of the best decisions I’ve made. This is one aspect of paying an HOA fee that I can get behind.
Even if you don’t golf, living near a golf course provides a really peaceful and classy addition to your everyday environment. There’s something very relaxing about the sport, and seeing people play.
Plus, living near a golf course could be a nice incentive for you to begin playing if you don’t already. It’s a great way to get some exercise and sunlight if you’re willing to walk the course.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #11.) Live by the Sprouts Grocery Store if at all Possible
Just trust me on this one. I don’t live by the Sprouts grocery store, and yet I find myself driving there almost everyday. Sprouts has become like a 5-miles-away, off-campus extension of my home.
It’s the greatest low-cost, high-end grocery store that you’ll find yourself shopping at. It beats out Whole Foods in every single way, every day.
I know it sounds kind of odd that I’m raving about a basic grocery store. But living by this particular location will save you a ton of time – and most importantly health.
Seriously. It might be worth living by this particular Sprouts Flower Mound location if you need an extra incentive to eat healthy, inexpensive food on a regular basis. This farmer’s market/grocery store is the bomb.
Buying a Home in Flower Mound Tip #12.) Have Somewhat Easy Access to I-35 (Debatable)
I know this is a controversial one. But, I personally like having somewhat easy access to highway I-35.
I-35 is your gateway to Dallas (south), Denton (north) – and even Oklahoma for that matter (if you want to go far enough north to visit the largest casino in the world).
Basically, I-35 is an important highway for most people who commute from Flower Mound to Dallas for work.
And it will be up to you to decide how close you want to live to I-35.
Some people like to keep their distance from this highway because it’s noisy and brings obvious safety concerns.
Some people like to live closer to I-35 to be able to zip down to Dallas in the early morning.
It’s totally up to you to decide on this one.
I think that I’ve written a lot of content for this post, so I’d now like to ask you if you have any additional comments to add to this?
What do you think people should look for when buying a Flower Mound home? What do people need to be careful of? Please add your comments below, and thank you for reading as always!