Practical Advice For Homebuyers


How to buy a house in 2016

How to Buy a House in 2017

Buying a home isn’t like buying a new car or a tablet. It may seem like all the information you need is available online or through real estate apps. But there’s more…
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People Who Go to Open Houses — A Field Guide

In real estate showings, the Sunday open house is still the gold standard. But not everyone who goes is a potential buyer. Here are the five types of people who go to open…

Why You Should Live in a New Home Before Renovating

In competitive markets, savvy consumers gravitate toward fixer-upper homes. Why? They can customize the home to their requirements and at the same time, build some equity. But before you start knocking down walls,…
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How to Protect Your Escrow Deposit

After making an offer on a property that the seller accepts, it’s time to put money down to show you’re serious. The amount can be a few thousand dollars, up to 3…
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A Guide to Closing Costs for Buyers and Sellers

Closing costs for buyers and sellers are often misunderstood, at least in the beginning of real estate transactions. Here's what you need to know. Buyers have more costs In a closing, both buyers…
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Home Shopping Tips — Don’t Be Turned Off By These 3 Things

In 15 years of real estate, I’ve seen it all. Toilet seats up in listing photos, shag carpet covered with dog hair, bedrooms doubling as marijuana growing centers. Any of these things can…
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Real Estate Deal Breakers for Buyers

After an exhaustive search, you may have found a home you love. But there will be certain things about the home you can't change, or that would require a great deal of…
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How NOT to Work With a Real Estate Agent

Your job as a home buyer or seller isn't to please your agent, of course. But on the other hand, driving agents nuts isn't going to help ensure a smooth, successful transition,…
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How to Avoid Home Buyer’s Remorse

Home shopping can be an intense, emotional, long process. Here’s how to avoid catching a bad case of home buyer's remorse. Make sure you can answer the important questions To avoid buyer’s remorse,…
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Making the Most of the Home Buyer-Real Estate Agent Relationship

In some ways, the home buyer - real estate agent relationship has shifted over time. For example, today’s home buyers live online. They can click, text or email with agents and seriously engage…