Top Ten: Real Estate Tips

Most importantly, WE FOUND A HOUSE! Oh, yeah, and we close in 2 weeks. Let’s all sing a chorus of, “You’re crazy, man.” As a good friend of mine used to say at FFA about our national convention…50,000 people are coming whether we’re ready or not. So it is with the house. The movers and carpet layers will be there whether the boxes are taped shut and labeled or not. Crazy, here we come.

A quick dish on the house. The yard. Need I say more? As Scott says, it’s a blank slate. This is when those semi-minors in Horticulture at the Texas A&M shall come in handy.

I think it’s accurate to say that the house sale and hunt have been high drama. A buyer’s market is fun…for real estate agents. I’m just glad we plan to stay put for a few years. In an effort to share the real estate knowledge, here’s a few “fun” things we learned along the way…


1. Your house might sell faster than you imagined.

2. Even though your real estate agent makes a suggestion, doesn’t mean you have to hold it as the gospel truth. This is, quite honestly, your money and your decision.

3. Never say, “Oh, the home inspection is tomorrow and I’m not expecting any major repairs.”

4. When you have to re-roof a house prior to close, stay on people – your insurance company, the roofers, and the buyer’s agent.

5. Don’t be afraid to fire a roofer.

6. Hire a good – wait strike that – hire a GREAT home inspector on the house you buy. It is money well spent. Everytime.

7. Choose the things that are most important to you in a new home and don’t be willing to compromise. The house we found was the last one we looked at, on a whim, and it turned out to be fabulous.

8. Internet photos of houses aren’t always accurate.

9. When people offer to help, let them.

10. Embrace the chaos.


  1. amanda on May 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Can’t wait to see it!

  2. Kelley on May 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Yeah! I am so happy for you!! What an awesome year the Whitakers are having!! It’s never boring on this blog! 🙂

  3. Alexis D. on May 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    looks great! if you need any help, Nate and I can come over and tape up some boxes!

  4. Verdina Louisa on May 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    You guys continue to amaze me! Your reliance on God in your lives obviously makes a big difference in all you do! May God continue to bless you.

  5. Jennifer on May 20, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    That backyard looks pretty great. Those trees are going to be a lifesaver this summer. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  6. Nicole on May 20, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Congrats again on the new home! Hang in there during these crazy weeks – it will all come together. Sounds like you had to reroof your current house before close? Ahh… Last summer our home got all new windows, new siding, a new roof and a new paint job. Whew. We had to stay on the contractors constantly – and a lot of times it was no fun! 🙂 Can’t wait to see more pix!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.