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Brendon DeSimone is the author of "Next Generation Real Estate: New Rules for Smarter Home Buying & Faster Selling," the go-to insider’s guide for navigating and better understanding the complex and ever-evolving world of buying and selling a home. DeSimone is the founder and principal of DeSimone & Co, an independent NYC real estate brokerage providing individualized services and a fresh, hands-on approach. Bringing more than a decade of residential real estate experience, DeSimone is a recognized national real estate expert and has appeared on top media outlets including CNBC, Good Morning America, FOX Business, HGTV, FOX News and Bloomberg. Consumers often call on Brendon for advice and to help them find a real estate agent. You can follow him on Twitter.

Stories by Brendon DeSimone

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4 Ways to Keep Your Closing Process Moving

There can be plenty of delays on the road to closing on a home. Here’s how to steer around them and stay in the fast lane.

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4 Tips for Getting Value From Your Home Inspection

The inspection can be your chance to learn about your potential home and discover possible trouble spots.

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3 Extreme Home-Buying Tactics to Get the House You Want

What can you do if you fear the seller of your dream house will go with another buyer … or if they already have?

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Maintenance Adds Surprise Costs to Homeownership

Heating and cooling bills, regular maintenance tasks, and system updates can put a dent in your finances.

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Contingencies: A Home Buyer's BFF

What if you’re under contract to buy a home, and then find out it’s got big problems? Contingencies can get you off the hook.

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3 Strategic Moves for Competitive Home Buyers

When sellers are getting multiple offers, buyers must play smart to win.

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Is 'For Sale By Owner' Right for You?

Going FSBO can be a great opportunity to save money … or a recipe for disaster. Find out if FSBO makes sense for your home sale.

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Ready, Set, Sell: 3 Strategies for Getting Your Home Off the Market Fast

It’s possible to expedite your home’s sale … if you’re prepared to face the risks involved.

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3 Tips for Evaluating Multiple Offers

For the seller lucky enough to get a rush of interested buyers, figuring out which one will go through and pay off is crucial.

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3 Secrets to Holding a Painless Open House

Welcoming prospective buyers into your home can be tough. Here’s how to prepare yourself and your house for the big day.

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Winning Tips for Buyers and Sellers in Sellers' Markets

For sellers, success is all about managing the offers, while buyers must strategize and be prepared to compete.

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Advice for Buyers and Sellers in a Buyers’ Market

Whether you’re a seller competing for open house traffic or a buyer with a huge list of homes to view, approaching a buyers’ market with a plan will get you faster results.

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5 Questions to Help You Find the Right Buyer's Agent

Get the information you need to choose the best guide for your home-buying journey.

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Should You Gamble on a Distressed Sale?

Foreclosures, short sales and REOs could get you a great deal … or they could be a disaster. Understand the risks involved before you make a move.

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3 Tips for Writing a Listing Buyers Will Love

Bring in buyers by giving them what they want: a concise, informative description of your home.

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