With Our Online Buying Options, It Doesn’t Get Any Easier!
Online house shopping is not a new concept. Since the early days of the internet, real estate agents have used online databases to list and locate properties for sale for their clients. At first, these tools were for real estate professionals only, but in the late 1990s, sites like Realtor.com became publicly accessible to consumers who wanted to do their own house hunting online. The information available was fairly limited: address, square footage, bedroom/bathroom count, listing agent, and a few other details. You could look at the pictures, but it was difficult to get a sense of a home’s layout or the community the home is located in. Every other phase of the homebuying process was done in person.
Now, shopping for a new home, like the beautiful, energy-efficient new construction homes at Union Park by Hillwood in Little Elm, Texas, can easily be done from anywhere in the country, or the world, for that matter. The user-friendly home shopping tools on Union Park’s website mean viewing homes, comparing builders, selecting lots, viewing community amenities, and more takes just a few clicks. There are also interactive virtual tours on the Union Park website that allow you to virtually walk-through model homes and amenities. So, let’s start exploring how to buy a house online in our award-winning 1,100-acre community!
House Shopping Online
In recent years, there has been a large increase in the number of people interested in buying a house remotely in North Texas. Many of these home shoppers are relocating to the DFW area from other states such as California, Florida, New York, and Illinois. Some are moving for work and others, who can work wherever they choose, are moving to the region because of its reasonable cost of living, mild climate, freedom from state income tax, and abundant employment opportunities.
Online home shoppers unfamiliar with Union Park often begin with a virtual walk through the community. You can view the photo and video galleries or take virtual tours of the models and amenities. Then you can find out more about the fantastic amenities, read about the schools that Union Park children attend, and become familiar with the community’s location in Little Elm. The interactive vicinity map is a great way to see what’s in and around Union Park while the interactive amenity map shows the various features inside of the community.
Out-of-state homebuyers find shopping online for a house at Union Park so easy. If you’re already familiar with Union Park, go straight to the new homes section of the website. If you’re new, you can view a video on how to use our Hillwood’s homefinder tool before you get started!
There are three paths to take on your online homebuying journey at Union Park:
- Build My Home – ideal if you have a set budget or exact criteria for your new home
- Pick My Lot – a good choice if your home’s location within the community and/or lot placement is most important
- View Quick Move-in Homes – best if you have a firm move date and don’t want to wait to build your new home from scratch
Build My Home
If your wish list is ready or you have a firm budget, click Build My Home. Here you can narrow your search by square footage, price range, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, stories, garages and more. Once you select a home, you can view the floor plan, exterior finish options and home sites in the community where this home can be built.
Pick My Lot
If your home’s lot placement or location within Union Park is the most important factor, start with Pick My Lot. Here, you can see available home sites, by lot size or builder, on the community map. When you select an available lot, noted in light blue on the map, you will see all the homes that can be built on it. You can refine the homes list by setting filters for price, square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms and more.
Quick Move-in Homes
If you are ready to move now or have a firm move-in date, select Quick Move-in Homes. Here you will see homes that are complete or under construction. The available date of each home is displayed just above its picture. You can add filters here, as well, to refine the selections.
Click the Start Again button at the top of the page at any time if you want to choose a different homebuying path or start over on the current path.
Throughout the process, you will have the opportunity to add a home to your favorites, email a shareable link, print a PDF or request that a builder’s representative contact you.
Can I Buy a House Online?
When you’ve narrowed your home choices down to a couple of favorites, you can speak with the builders’ representatives to discuss details such as interior finishes, upgrades, incentives, and to ask any questions. You may also choose to contact a local Realtor for assistance. Many buyers find a real estate agent to be a very helpful resource when purchasing in a new home community.
At this point in your search, you may wish to schedule a visit to Union Park before you make your final decision, but you don’t have to. Our onsite Lifestyle Manager can connect you with current Union Park residents so you can learn more about the community from your future neighbors! And some buyers moving from out of state find they can conduct most, if not all, of their homebuying process long distance with the help of virtual tours, video conferences, remote closings, and helpful real estate professionals.
Frequently Asked Questions about Online House Shopping
Can I buy a house online?
Yes, you can buy a house online. With our Hillwood homefinder tool, you can shop online for a new construction home at Union Park three different ways. You can start by searching available home designs by choosing Build My Home, you can look for the perfect lot and location within the community by choosing Pick My Lot, or you can browse homes that are available or under construction by choosing Quick Move-In Homes.
Once you decide on a home, you or your real estate agent can connect with the builder’s representative to start the purchase process. Next steps include making interior finish selections, adding any desired upgrades, and arranging financing. The mortgage application process can be done online, and you can even close remotely.
Can you buy a house virtually?
Yes, you can buy a house virtually. With the help of Union Park’s online homefinder tools and a helpful real estate professional or builder’s representative, you can find the perfect home for you. There are three ways to shop online for a new home at Union Park. Build My Home lets you browse available home designs and filter them by builder, lot size, square footage, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, garage spaces, stories, and more. Pick My Lot lets you find your preferred homesite first by viewing available lots on the community map, then you can view the homes that can be built on this site. A third option is to view Quick Move-In Homes, which are homes that are available now or currently under construction.
After you find the home you love, you can work with the builder remotely to make interior finish selections and any desired upgrades, then finalize other details. Most lenders can gather mortgage application information by phone and accept remote signatures via secured online document signing. Finally, a remote closing can be arranged so you can sign your closing documents at your current location.
How do you get prequalified to buy a house online?
Getting prequalified to buy a home online is fairly easy. Most lenders have an online application process and will provide a secure portal for you to upload documents. To be prequalified, lenders will want to see financial documents such as W-2 forms from the two previous years, bank statements, and other items to verify that you are employed and have sufficient funds to purchase a home.
Online House Hunting in North Texas? Shop Union Park by Hillwood
If you’re looking for a new place to call home in North Texas, take a look at Union Park by Hillwood! You’ll love our community’s convenient location in Little Elm, great schools within Denton ISD, amazing amenities, and our lifestyle program that includes more than 300 enriching events, parties, classes, and activities each year that bring residents together. Plus, Union Park has been awarded as a Top-Selling Master-Planned Community by RCLCO Real Estate Consulting for three years in a row! Get started shopping for your new home at Union Park today!