Practical Advice For Homebuyers


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Holiday Home Buying and Selling Tips

If a seller hasn't sold their home by the time the year-end holidays arrive, they'll typically remove it from the market. For one reason, activity is often slower this time of year. Also, many sellers…
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Why Use a Real Estate Agent? Top 5 Reasons

Why use a real estate agent? In this era of instant access to information, it's tempting to think you don't really need to. For some people, that may be true. But real…

Know the Difference Between Real Estate Myths and Facts

If you’re considering buying or selling a home, following conventional wisdom isn't always...wise. Here are some of the top real estate myths and facts. Real estate myth: With so much information online,…
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How to Avoid Home Buyer Nightmares

There's plenty to scare you at Halloween time. And buying a home is one of the scariest things you'll ever do, at least financially. Here's how to avoid some typical home buyer…
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Buying a Home in Fall

Real estate markets often slow down a bit in autumn, after the busy spring and summer seasons. Here's why buying a home in fall is often a good idea. Leftover Inventory = Deals…
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Home Damaged During Escrow? Here’s What to Do

Home damaged during escrow due to fire, flood or other event? Here's what you need to do. 1. Review the contract Most contracts include a process for dealing with damage if it happens. Typically,…
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How to Buy a Home You Can Afford

Buying a home takes a lot of time, not to mention money. Before diving in, you should fully understand the process. Here's how to buy a home you can afford in three basic steps.…
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How to Make an Offer on Your First Home

After months, maybe even years, of searching, you've found your dream home. But you've never bought property before, so it's a scary and exciting time. Here's how to make an offer on…
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5 Open House Tips for Buyers

Open houses have been around for decades and will be ingrained in the buying and selling of homes for years to come. But as a buyer, are you getting the most from your home tours? Here…
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Should You Buy a Foreclosed Home?

Not long ago, you could spot a bank-foreclosed home a mile away. They were often abandoned, stripped of all appliances and fixtures, with neglected landscaping. Today, banks often renovate their Real Estate Owned (REO) properties before…