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House-hunting tips for successful online home searches

Categories: Blog | Posted: June 29, 2017

Nine out of ten people who search for a new home use the Web at some point. According to Google, the number of real-estate related searches appearing on this browser increased 253% in four years.

We rely on our mobile devices for all sorts of research and purchases, so why not use this power tool when tackling the hunt for the perfect home? But, like any other online research, make sure you’re using the right resources that will give you accurate and useful information. Here are some tips for successful online home searches

  1. Use a reliable real estate search site. Realtor, Zillow, and Trulia are the most common sites for browsing listings. Realtor is the most up-to-date of the three, but you probably won’t find “For Sale By Owner” listings there. The site is sponsored by the National Association of Realtors, so it feels no obligation to list properties that aren’t represented by one of its members. Zillow is useful for gauging home values (although the numbers are calculated using an algorithm, so don’t count on them as a negotiating tool). Trulia has some valuable features, like using map overlays to learn more about a neighborhood’s schools, crime statistics, and amenities.
  2. Know your priorities and deal-breakers. To avoid wasting your time with homes that just don’t meet your needs, make a list of your criteria—location, size, age, and maximum price of the home, number of bedrooms and baths, lot size, and home style (e.g., single-family, duplex, condo, townhome). Enter those into your home search, as well as any other important features, like a swimming pool, attached garage, basement, fireplace, central air, handicap accessible, hardwood floors, or water view. You can specify new construction or look only for homes within communities. Start with the “must have” list so you don’t exclude a possible winner that is only lacking a feature that you could honestly live without.
  3. Research the school system. If you have school-age children, you can easily learn about the quality of the schools in the district. Go to org to review the ratings of each school, including private, charter, and magnet schools.
  4. Check out the neighborhood. If you’re new to the area you’re searching, it’s important to learn about the neighborhoods. Sites like Neighborhood Scout show you statistics on crime, average income levels, public school test scores, and home value trends. HomeFair has a tool that lets you compare the population’s demographics, including cost of living, between two cities. Go to Google Maps to get a satellite view of the area, with locations of nearby schools, hospitals, restaurants, and other services. If you’re unsure about the weather in the new area, visit The Weather Channel’s website.
  5. Check out the social, cultural, and recreation scenes. The city or regional Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for identifying popular local attractions, historical sites, and activities. Visit Facebook pages for those areas, and also search in to see what’s happening.

Of course, there’s only one way to truly get the feel for a home, a street, a neighborhood, and a town. Go for a drive, look around, stop and talk to people—you know, the old-fashioned, “manual” method.

Chisholm Trail Ranch

Categories: Blog, Neighborhood News | Posted: June 27, 2017

Antares Homes at Chisholm Trail Ranch is finally under construction! In celebration, we sat down for a chat with the sales consultant, Monique Tinsley, about what makes this community unique. From fitness centers to nearby shopping, you don’t often see communities planned this well. Monique has an eye on the big picture of everything coming soon to Chisholm Trail Ranch, and all the places of interest already there!


Q| Of the many community features coming to Chisholm Trail Ranch, which 1 do you think is most exciting?

A: Summer time fun will be endless at CTR!  If you enjoy the outdoors, take a 2-mile bike ride to Benbrook Lake for a day of fun. Residents will get to enjoy the new resort pool area with shade canopies, cabanas, fire pit with living area and children’s pool area.

Q| What will set Antares Homes apart in Chisholm Trail Ranch?

A: We offer 2 product lines in CTR. Whether you are buying your first home or 3rd home, we offer an array of floor plan designs to accommodate every home purchasers needs and budget.

Antares is focused on delivering a quality home with the most up to date design features for today’s living. If you have not visited an Antares home model, please stop by to see a demonstration of our Energy Efficiency Package included in every Antares home.

Q| What will the new school bring to the area?

A: A new onsite elementary is coming to Chisholm Trail Ranch soon! Enjoy the convenience of a brand new elementary school located right in your community next to the new resort pool and playground. This new elementary is scheduled to open in Fall of 2019!

In addition, Tarleton State university will be constructing their campus just south of Chisholm Trail Ranch with plans to open in 2019!

Q| How is CISD growing to continue being a competitive school district in the Metroplex?

A: There are currently 8 “My Choice” programs in the Crowley ISD. The list includes these academies:

Fine Arts, Stem, Global prep, Inspire, Two-way Dual Language, Crowley Collegiate, Young Women and Young men’s leadership Academy. Crowley Currently has 23 Campuses districtwide.

The Crowley Collegiate program:

Scholars who graduate from the CCA would have earned their high school diploma, accumulated 63 college credits and earned an Associate Degree, transferable to a senior college/university or leading to employment. CCA provides strong support to scholars and their families to obtain entrance to, and success in, college or the workplace.

Q| What amenities will be within walking distance of our homes in Chisholm Trail Ranch?

A: New major shopping coming soon! Walking and biking trails will lead to a major grocery chain, movie theatre, retail stores and restaurants that are all coming soon! Ride your bikes to Benbrook lake located less than 2 miles from CTR. Enjoy the 75 acre Chisholm Trail Park with playgrounds, skate park, soccer fields, a pond with pier platform and the new Chisholm Trail Ranch Community Center. Enjoy the new community center with gym, fitness classes, after school programs, and rock climbing wall. There is an endless array of amenities at CTR!

Q| What options are available at nearby Benbrook Lake?

A: A total of 5 Park Areas are located at Benbrook Lake. We are located less than two miles to Rocky Creek Park which has picnic tables, Camping, RV Sites, Boat Ramp, Fishing, Kayaking, nature trails, and of course the Lake!

Q| What are the top 3 benefits of being right next to the Chisholm Trail Parkway?

  1. 10 Minutes to Downtown Fort Worth and Major Hospitals
  2. New Retail and Shopping being added along the Parkway
  3. Easy access to I-20 and I-30
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