How to Buy a House in Dallas: Expert Guide

Navigate the Dallas real estate market like a pro. Our guide provides tips for a successful house purchase. Read more for a smooth home buying experience.

Real Estate
February 2, 2024
How to Buy a House in Dallas: Expert Guide

Buying a house in a new area is always an exciting venture. Even as a current resident, Dallas comes with its own unique culture and communities to explore—not to mention all the new restaurants to try. 

With that in mind, there’s some prerequisite knowledge you need before buying a house in Dallas. Below, let’s explore how to navigate the home-buying process from start to end. 

Understanding Dallas Neighborhoods

First, where in Dallas should you be looking? Do you prefer the landscape of North Dallas, for example, or would you prefer to live closer to Fort Worth? Dallas is filled with special spots, and getting to know the neighborhoods can direct your home-buying energy. You can change almost everything about a home except its location, so this should be one of your most important considerations.

Many websites map out neighborhoods based on home value.1 But you can also look for specific factors in the Dallas area, like:

  • School district quality
  • Utility costs and options
  • Crime rates and types

Having a holistic view of the neighborhood allows you to choose a location that suits your lifestyle.

Setting Your Home Buying Budget

Budget and expenses are the next aspects of the home-buying process to consider.

In December 2023, the average sold price for a home in Dallas was $334,000.2 Dallas also has a homebuyer’s assistance program (DHAP) for eligible parties, affording low to moderate homebuyers the chance to buy property in city limits.3 You may be eligible if:

  • You are a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Eligible Immigrant Status with a valid Social Security card
  • Your household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for your household’s size
  • You have an executed real estate sales contract
  • You have approval from a mortgage lender for a first lien mortgage

Even if you aren’t eligible for DHAP, you can build a budget based on your income, expenses, and the mortgage you qualify for.

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Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage in Dallas

Mortgage pre-approval is a necessary step in the home-buying experience. In Texas, you’ll need several documents before you even start the process.4

  • Proof of income and employment
  • Copies of pay stubs, W2 forms, or profit-and-loss statements
  • Records of assets
  • A list of monthly debt payments
  • Expenditure and financial event records

Put simply, you need to prove to the lender that you can pay back any money you borrow, and that you have enough money to cover payments in the future.

The Home Search Process in Dallas

There are several steps that go into the home searching and buying process.

  1. Do your preparation in advance
  2. Find an agent to work with
  3. Establish your financing
  4. House hunt
  5. Negotiate your purchase
  6. Do your due diligence in inspections
  7. Close on the house

For many people, house hunting is the most fun part of the process. Write a list of requirements you want out of your home, and then start attending open houses. It’s helpful to see the different houses Dallas offers to get a feel for what you want and don’t want in a house.

Making an Offer on a Dallas Home

When making an offer on a house, remember that there is always room for negotiation—in fact, it’s expected. If you’ve never negotiated before, you can follow these simple steps when making your offer.5

  • Decide what to offer and determine your “walk away” number – Stay inside your budget, but don’t lowball or highball the offer. Take factors into consideration like comparable house costs in the area, how long the house has been on the market, and if you’ll need to do repairs. If you can’t meet close to your offer, know when you have to throw your hands up and walk away.
  • Protect your interests – Include clauses for situations like a failed inspection that let you walk away with your earnest money.
  • Write your offer letter – You can draw your own up using premade forms online, or leave it to your real estate agent.
  • Going into negotiation – If the seller makes a counteroffer, you can accept the offer, or you can negotiate other trades, concessions, or changes that benefit you both.

With that done, all you have to do is close.

Navigating the Closing Process

Closing is relatively straightforward, but it has a few steps.6 You need to:

  • Submit documents and answer any questions your lender might have
  • Schedule and complete a home inspection
  • Deal with any problems that may arise from that
  • Get homeowner’s insurance and title insurance
  • Review all documents one final time before closing

A real estate agent can help you manage this, or you can use free tools like closing checklists.

Moving Into Your New Dallas Home

Once inspections are finished, you’ve reached the final step. In accordance with your contract’s timeline, you can hire a moving company or pack your own truck and head over to your new home.

Note that if inspections turn up anything that needs fixing, like mold removal or issues with the house’s structure, your move-in date will end up delayed until it can get fixed.

Sale-leasebacks: A Convenient Option for Buying and Selling

If you’re in the process of selling a house in Dallas while you look for a new home, you don’t have to balance both sides of the equation at once. With a sale-leaseback, you can sell your current home while staying in it as a renter. Once you find the perfect Dallas house, you can exit your lease and move into your new home.

Dallas sale-leasebacks are a simple solution that lets you stay in your own home for as long as you need, all while unlocking your equity debt-free and removing the added stress of homeownership responsibilities. Avoid the hassles that come with selling a home, such as listings, showings, and finding temporary housing. Plus, you can sell while your home value is high and wait to purchase until you’re in a buyers’ market. 

At Truehold, we’ll buy your home at a competitive price, freeing you up to live stress-free while you find your Dallas home. You can contact us anytime to learn more about our services and the unique benefits that sale-leasebacks offer.


  1. Best Neighborhood. The Best Neighborhoods in Dallas, TX by Home Value.
  2. Dallas TX.
  3. City of Dallas. Dallas Homebuyer Assistance Program.
  4. Moreira Team. Documents Needed for a Mortgage Pre-approval in Texas.
  5. Rocket. How To Make An Offer On A House In 5 Steps.
  6. CFPB. Closing On Your New Home.
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Lucas Grohn
Senior Manager of Sales at Truehold - A Thought-Leader in Real Estate
Lucas Grohn brings over a decade of real estate expertise to his role, where he guides a team dedicated to innovative sales strategies. Known for his thought leadership and diverse experience, from managing brokerage operations to training agents at top firms, Lucas covers a broad span of real estate content for Truehold.
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