Practical Advice For Homebuyers


how to buy a flipped house

How to Buy a Flipped House

A newly renovated home typically pulls in top dollar, because the buyer assumes it's turnkey and ready to go. Everything seems so easy on those home-flipping shows on TV, but there can be some…
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Do Green Homes Sell Faster?

Do green homes sell faster, with solar panels, Energy Star-rated appliances or even LEED certification? And will buyers pay extra for these features? It depends. Here's what you should know. If They…
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The Seller Rejected Your Offer. Now What?

Searching for a home is like searching for a soul mate. You 'have to kiss a lot of frogs' before you find 'the one.' But what if you're a potential home buyer and you're…
home buyer-real estate agent relationship

Buyer’s Agent vs. Listing Agent: What You Need to Know

First-time home buyers aren’t typically versed in the intricacies of agency disclosure, nor do they understand the concepts of a buyer’s agent vs. listing agent. But a real estate agent’s loyalties and responsibilities change…
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What is a Sellers’ Market in Real Estate?

In many parts of the country, first-time and entry-level home buyers are finding tight inventories and lots of competition. That's pretty much the definition of a sellers' market. In a sellers' market, homeowners looking to sell…
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What Home Buyers Need to Know About New Construction

If you're a home buyer, you're likely to come across new construction homes for sale. The sellers can be either large national builders or smaller local developers. Some homes are for sale as a part…
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When to Walk Away From a Home Purchase

You've found your dream home after going to countless open houses and making several offers on properties that fell through. You're finally ready to take the plunge. But be aware there are still…
someone wants to buy your home

Someone Wants to Buy Your Home (But it’s Not for Sale)

You go to your mailbox and find a handwritten envelope from someone you don't know. The envelope contains a letter offering to buy your home at a great price. But you haven't even thought about…
final walk-through

How to Prepare for the Final Walk-Through

The final walk-through in real estate gives buyers the chance to confirm the home is in the same condition as when they made their offer and had the home inspected. It's also an opportunity…
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Does it Help to Write a Letter to the Seller?

If you're trying to buy a home in a hotly competitive market in which all-cash, non-contingent offers are the order of the day, you may need some extra leverage. One strategy that sometimes works…