The Walking Dead Guide to Buying a Home in Killeen
AMC’s The Walking Dead has become one of the most popular shows on television – and with good reason. It’s terrifying, drama-filled, and will leave you questioning what you’d do if you were caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.
Let’s face it – buying a home can be pretty terrifying too. But it definitely shouldn’t be as intimidating as facing a horde of the living dead!
So, here are a few tips to help you make the right decision when you’re looking at homes for sale in Killeen, TX (with the help of The Walking Dead, of course!):
Assess your inventory
When Rick and the other survivors are traveling, they can’t just eat and drink whatever they want. If they do, they’ll easily run out of food or water. So, they have to regularly take a look at their inventory and make good decisions about how much they should use.
You need to take a good look at your inventory when buying a home too – and by “inventory” I mean the amount of money you have available to spend!
Yes – it can be incredibly tempting to go over budget when you think you’ve found your dream home, but try your best to stay within a pre-determined budget. Look at it this way: spending a bit less on your home could mean less financial strain later and more money for other things, like trips and family activities!
Get your priorities straight
When the zombie apocalypse happens, everyone’s priorities shift quite a bit. It’s no longer about trying to afford luxury items – it’s about simply getting enough food, water, and weaponry to survive. If Rick and his friends didn’t prioritize finding those resources, they wouldn’t make it very far!
Similarly, you need to have your priorities straight when you buy a house. You can do this by creating a list of all of your wants and needs. Don’t forget to include the neighborhood, the school district, nearby attractions, and other things that aren’t actually a part of the home. Then, when you’re looking at houses, you can use your checklist to determine which one best meets your most important needs.
Explore your options
In The Walking Dead, Rick listens to different opinions from people in his group then ultimately makes the best overall choice for everyone. He’s pretty good about weighing his options and avoiding making decisions too hastily.
You should be like Rick and weigh your options… when it comes to your mortgage!
Shop around and consider different types of mortgage loans. While doing so, keep in mind how long you plan to live in the home. For example, if you see yourself living there for the rest of your life, it may be a good idea to choose a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. On the other hand, if you plan to only live in the house for a short period of time, you may want to consider a different choice.
Scope out the area thoroughly
If you’ve seen The Walking Dead or read the comics, you know all about the horrific situation Rick and his friends are placed in when they enter Terminus. If you’ve not familiar with it, let me fill you in.
While the survivors are traveling and looking for a sanctuary, they come across signs that promise safety at a place called Terminus. When they finally get there, they take a few precautions – but not enough. They enter Terminus only to find out that it’s being run by a cannibalistic psycho who lures people in only to make a meal out of them later.
Whew – that’s pretty rough, right?
Luckily, choosing the wrong house probably won’t put you in quite as horrible of a predicament as that. However, when you’re considering purchasing a home, you should still scope out the area it’s located in to avoid finding yourself in a less-than-ideal situation later on.
Think about it – you can always change your home’s interior by decorating or painting and update the exterior, but the one thing you can never change about your home is where it’s located. So, you need to make sure you’re happy with the neighborhood and the surrounding attractions before you commit.
Know what you’re getting yourself into
If you’ve watched every episode of The Walking Dead, you know that Rick grows increasingly more cynical and suspicious of others as the show progresses. And rightfully so – he learns the hard way multiple times that most people can’t be trusted. So, he tries his best to figure out what he’s getting himself into before he makes a major decision.
Buying a home, much like making a decision during the zombie apocalypse, isn’t something you should take lightly. Yes – it’s an exciting life change, but keep in mind that it’s also a huge commitment that you need to be fully ready for. So, if you’re naturally impulsive, take some extra time to make sure you’re making the right choices.
Find good help that you can trust
There’s no doubt about it – Rick needs his group to survive. I mean, without Carol’s help at Terminus, the whole group might have been killed and eaten! And that’s just one of the many occasions where someone’s help made all of the difference.
You need to find good help when you’re looking at homes for sale in Killeen too. No, I’m not talking about tough survivalists who can help you fight off zombies – I’m talking about a trusted realtor!
Well, buying a home can be tricky – almost as tricky as navigating through a city full of zombies! So, instead of trying to take on all of the stressful decisions yourself, it’s a good idea to find a real estate agent who has the proper credentials to make the process of buying a home much easier.
If you’re looking at homes for sale in Killeen, TX, I’d love to help.
I specialize in providing military families in the Killeen area with the real estate services they need to find the right home. So, let’s talk about what you’re looking for in your next home! Contact me today by calling or sending a text to (254) 258-0777.