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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Mohib- - -Texas is a big state and purchasing real estate is a big decision in anyone's life. I would suggest being a bit more specific in your real estate purchasing goals as it relates to location as well as other factors. Online is one route to reaching your goal but you might find that a local real estate professional who shows/shares knowledge of the field and the area will bring you the best results. Good luck.

Aug 17, 2019 01:58 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Hire a local REALTOR® in Texas to assist you find the home you are looking for. 

Aug 17, 2019 04:40 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I cannot add anything to what Michael Jacobs has said

Aug 17, 2019 02:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I agree with Michael Jacobs Couldn't have said it better myself.

Aug 17, 2019 05:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

A little to vague Mohib Abbas . TX is a big State. What kind of financing? Do you have any money to put on deposit?

Aug 17, 2019 06:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Michael Jacobs has you covered. Big place, good luck!

Aug 17, 2019 04:29 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Start watching Texas Flip & Move on the DIY channel

Aug 17, 2019 04:07 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes, Michael gave you a right answer. 

To buy home online it is so easy, buy in real life you won't be able to return it back if you don't like it. :)

Aug 17, 2019 08:29 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Why would you want to do that? You could try online auction site HUBZU

Aug 17, 2019 08:21 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Rinse. Repeat what Michael Jacobs said.

Aug 17, 2019 07:41 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

What does 'On-line service" mean?

Are you asking can you make a real estate purchase in Texas without going to Texas? That answer is YES. Any agent can help you.

If 'ON-LINE' means you want to purchase using Bit Coin, via a anonimized system, that is a bit more problematic.

IF your question is neither of we go...

Check Craig's List for a house in Texas being sold FSBO or by an investor.

Give them a box full of cash, maybe they will take Bitcoin, have a TX attorney or title company create new title. Move in.

What could possibly go wrong?  EVERYTHING!

Like with all online services the first thing needed is mechanism for paying.  You COULD buy using your American Express card. However, most real estate transactions are completed using dollars held in a bank. That money must have a paper trail ensuring the real estate transaction is not a money laundering scheme.

Now that you have clean money. send it to whoever is selling the real estate and request they send you the keys in return.

When you move into your house, please come back here to tell us your story. You will be the poster child for the LUCKIEST house buyer in the USA. It is more likely you will have paid for a house that was not for sale.

There are too many things that can go wrong, to many variables, too few checks and verifications in place at this time for the online purchase of real estate. You are well advised to stick with the traditional route and hire a professional......unless you are feeling really lucky at this time.

The nature of your question suggests you are not an experienced house buyer or seller. You should not 'go it alone' when large dollar amounts are involved.

Now, be aware, if your intent is to use some exotic methods to make a real estate purchase, you will not be able to use an agent with a major franchise. They have neither the experience, education, permission or willingness to help you. Instead look for a non-franchise broker or perhaps the elites found at investor focused brokerages who are the transaction architects of the industry.

Best of success,

Note: there is a risk to taking shortcuts.

Aug 17, 2019 05:54 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Best of luck.

Aug 17, 2019 02:26 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Michael gave you the right advice....

Aug 17, 2019 09:54 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Michael Jacobs gave you some great advice.

Aug 17, 2019 07:47 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential


Having been a Texas broker in the past there are many, many considerations before buying in Texas.


Texas does not have a personal income tax so property taxes are high and can vary greatly even within a given subdivision.

Texas is relatively flat and can get a lot of rain in short periods of time so flood zones and flooding history are very important.

Because of the high temperatures and humidity mold is an issue. You need the “right” AC system.

I can go on and on.

I don’t mean to scare you but you need an agent who is an expert in representing a buyer in Texas.


Aug 17, 2019 07:00 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Best of luck.

Aug 17, 2019 06:58 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

You can certainly "shop" online but please please please do NOT buy a house without a local agent representing and protecting you through this very important decision.

There are many good agents in every locale wherever you are interested in buying a home.  Be sure to secure a local agent who knows the market well... not just an agent in the State. 

Aug 17, 2019 06:44 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

County, city, district, and neighborhoods.  

Aug 17, 2019 06:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Start first with ditching the ibuy idea - go for a real human, someone who knows the area. Reach out to a local real estate agent!

Aug 17, 2019 08:41 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Where do you want to buy?

Aug 17, 2019 11:44 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Hire a local professional to help guide you to an informed decision!

Aug 17, 2019 11:22 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

if you arent familiar with the area or with purchasing on your own I'd recommend using an Agent.

Aug 17, 2019 10:21 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Michael Jacobs has the best answer for you.

Aug 17, 2019 09:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Michael Jacobs has you covered.  A

Aug 17, 2019 06:27 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I would reach out to one of the many active Texas agents here at ActiveRain to get details on the market, features and costs for the kind of home you want.

Aug 17, 2019 11:17 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

I hear tiny homes are available on Amazon, now you just have to have somewhere to put it in Texas

Aug 17, 2019 01:29 PM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Mohib, Please use a realtor for any purchase in any state, not just Texas.

There is so much fraud online that you could be scammed. CraigsList is one of the worst, scammers poach legitimate listings that agents have in the MLS and post the pics and descriptions on CL under their name and scamming people.

It happened to me once a few years ago with one of my listings but luckily I learned about it before any harm was done. 

Another thing to watch for is wire fraud when wiring funds to a title agency (we are not an attorney state) but that is another conversation.

For your protection, you need to work with a good realtor. I hope you will not go the online route, it can be very dangerous, even the auction sites. Please reconsider.



Aug 17, 2019 12:26 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

good luck

Sep 11, 2019 09:10 AM