Kent Moore, Coldwell Banker

For buyers:

“Reduce your stress by working with an experienced Realtor that will help you develop an offer that stands out among multiple offers. Be sure [to] ask what you should expect as far as timing, your offer price compared to the list price and realistic expectations for help with closing costs. In anticipation of a bidding process, discuss with your Realtor your strategy so that you can limit having to make tough decisions in a hurry.”

Jenny Dowdy, Keller Williams Realty

For sellers:

“This is truly a seller’s market. But where are you going? What do you want? How much can you afford? Is it a good time to build a house? These are just a few questions that your Realtor should be asking you before you even list your house. Work with a Realtor that knows the market and has your best interests and needs at heart.”

Maggie Hernandez, RE/MAX DFW Associates

For renters:

“Protect yourself. Many popular home search websites allow user input, making them vulnerable to scammers. You can verify the owner’s name on county tax records, available on the county’s Central Appraisal District website. If it’s a management company, verify them through the Texas Real Estate Commission’s website. Get all promises in writing, including promised repairs or cleaning. If the owner says they’ll clean the carpet before you move in, have them write it into the lease.”