About the Author

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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The Seller Won’t Negotiate: Time to Move on?

Unlike retail businesses, which price their products based on inventory levels and market conditions, each seller is independent and has different selling motivations.

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How Your Neighbors Can Help — or Hurt — Your Home’s Sale

The fact is, your neighbor’s unsightly property can rub off on your own house’s curb appeal, no matter how much you’ve done to improve it. But you have options.

How to Live in Your Home While It's on the Market

It is a delicate balance to have your home showing in its best possible light while also living there comfortably.


How to Buy a Flipped House

If you’re buying a flipped house, consider taking the following steps to ensure you don’t get any unpleasant surprises after closing.

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How Much Is Your Outdoor Space Worth?

Here’s a look at the factors that can determine the value of your outdoor space.

What Millennials and Boomers Need to Know About Condos

Owning a condo has many of the same benefits of owning a single-family home. But there are some rules and restrictions boomers and millennials alike often face when going the condo route.

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How to Determine What You Want in a Home

Establishing your most important criteria upfront will help you stay on track as you move through the home buying process.

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5 Steps to Selling Your Home

Selling your home? Here are five tips you should know, including knowing comps and your home’s market value.


Why Real Estate Deals Fall Apart

The best way to prevent deals from going sideways is to prepare as best you can.

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Do Letters to Sellers Work?

If you’re a buyer and you find yourself in love with a home alongside three, five or 10 other buyers, a letter can help. But don’t simply dash one off without giving it some thought, or you’ll be wasting your time.

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5 Tips for Millennial Home Buyers

If you’re in your 20s or 30s, don’t assume you can’t buy a home. There are tips and tricks to get you there.


Did You List Your Home Before You're Ready to Sell?

If your home doesn’t attract interest in the first four weeks of being on the market, something’s wrong. Did you as the seller, do things to stall the sale?

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Why You Shouldn’t Rush Through the Final Walk-Through

It’s smart to think things through and take the walk-through seriously. Don’t see it as simply checking a box.

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Money Talks, But Creativity Can Seal the Home Buying Deal

When you are in the market, be open to being creative, take the sole focus off the price and consider the seller’s entire sale situation.

5 Things Buyers Do That Drive Real Estate Agents Nuts

From time to time, a buyer can unintentionally make the buying process more difficult, much to the agent’s frustration.

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