Practical Advice For Homebuyers


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What You Should Know About Real Estate Comps

Real estate comps is a term that refers to homes located in the same area and that are similar in size, condition and features as the home you're trying to buy or sell. Buyers look…

How to avoid delays in a real estate transaction

Delays in a home closing can often involve a financial penalty or additional negotiations, causing tempers to flare. Here are four items that should go at the top of your home closing…

Top 4 Home Inspection Tips

Many buyers assume a home inspection is their opportunity to find flaws that will give them leverage in negotiating down the price. While often resulting in a second round of negotiations, inspections are…
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Extreme Home Buying Strategies to Get the House You Love

In many real estate markets today, homes sell quickly, often with multiple offers. Some homes, called “pocket listings,” are sold before even hitting the market. It can be an all-out war for competitive buyers, and…
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How to Anticipate Home Maintenance Costs

Many home buyers focus much of their attention on a home's purchase price or the interest rate of the loan. In reality, saving $10,000 on the overall purchase price or getting a 1/8-point…
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What You Need to Know About Real Estate Contingencies

Contingencies—provisions for unexpected events or circumstances related to the purchase of a home—are an important part of a real estate contract. Contingencies can help protect you, the buyer, if a problem arises after you've…
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How to Make a Competitive Home Offer

Have you been making home offers for months without getting one accepted? Then you need a new strategy. Here's how to make a competitive home offer in today's hot real estate markets.…
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Tips for Buyers and Sellers in a Sellers’ Market

Limited inventory of homes for sale? Lots of willing and able buyers? You're in a sellers' market, where such phrases as “bidding war” and “non-contingent offer” are music to sellers’ ears. It's…
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Tips for Home Buyers and Sellers in a Buyers’ Market

When there are a lot of homes for sale in a particular market, buyers and sellers must both adapt their strategies. Here are tips for home buyers and sellers in a buyer's market.…

What to Ask a Real Estate Agent When Buying

The home-buying process can take a lot of unexpected twists and turns, so having a good agent to guide is key. Before you shake hands on a deal, here's what to ask a…