Practical Advice For Homebuyers


What to Do if a Home Seller Rejects Your Offer

You've got your heart set on a particular home. But for whatever reason, the seller just isn't into you. It happens all the time, of course. The seller has every right to turn up…
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What Does Sale Pending Mean in Real Estate?

"Sale pending" generally means that all contingencies have been removed and that the buyer is moving toward closing. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily a done deal. Here’s what you need to know…
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How to Buy a Home in Winter

A generation ago, few people would willingly trek out into the winter snow/sleet/slush to shop for a home. In our always-on, instant-information era, though, today’s buyers shop and make deals throughout the year. Here's…
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5 Things Home Buyers Should Know About Closing Day

You've almost crossed the finishing line of your real estate transaction—otherwise known as closing day. What could possibly go wrong? Here are 5 things home buyers should know about closing day. 1. Your mortgage…
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How to Break Up With a Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home rarely can take months, sometimes even longer. Along the way, you may find that your relationship with your real estate agent just isn’t working anymore. Here's how to break up with…

Top 5 Open House Tips for Buyers

Going to open houses can be time-consuming. Here are my top 5 open house tips for buyers, to help you make the most of your visits. 1. Learn about the market without…

Why Buyers Should Go to Open Houses

Yes, you can look at homes on your smartphone or tablet just about anywhere today. But here's why buyers should go to open houses, too. 1. You can learn from listing agents…
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How to Troubleshoot a Home Search

The home-buying process often takes twists and turns. If you find yourself missing out on homes when they hit the market, or you can’t find the exact home you want, it's time to rethink…
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What are Real Estate Disclosures and How Can They Affect You?

In most parts of the country, sellers and their agents are required to document any known defects—current or past—to potential buyers. But some sellers don’t play by the rules and will try…
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What You Should Know About Homes ‘For Sale By Owner’

When someone sells their own home, does it simplify the process for buyers? Or does it make things more complicated? Here's what you should know about homes 'for sale by owner' or FSBO…