Home buying tips

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    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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    Should You Buy a Home for Your College Student?

    Many issues come along with owning a student rental, and you should really think them through before you get yourself a “tough and expensive” college lesson of your own.

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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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    4 Ways to Gain the Competitive Edge When Home Shopping

    If you’ve been out there house hunting, you’re likely aware of the many challenges and obstacles that come with the territory.

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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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    How to Compete Without Cash

    In markets full of investors and people buying homes with cash, buyers who have to borrow can feel disadvantaged. Here’s advice from agents on how to stay competitive, even if you have to take out a loan.

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    Tired of Competing With Cash Buyers? Buy in These 10 Markets

    We looked at the 30 largest metros to determine where cash deals accounted for the least home sales in Q1.

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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.

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    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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    Planning Your First Home Buying Experience

    Investing time now to sort out your goals and devise a plan for how you’ll achieve them can make your house hunt smoother and less stressful.

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    Making the Most of an Open House Visit

    Here are some best practices for buyers at all ends of the home-buying spectrum.

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    5 Tips for Navigating the Next Generation of Real Estate

    Times have changed since the real estate boom of the 1980s. Here are five tips to consider as you explore buying or selling today.

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    Simplify the Home Buying Process

    By doing your homework and thinking about the process as four smaller stages, shopping for a home can be less complicated and, perhaps, even enjoyable.

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    Why Being Pre-Approved for a Loan Matters

    Not being pre-approved won’t get you past the front door.