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The best professionals always have great advice to give. Check out some expert tips that agents and lenders are sharing with their buyers!

“Start with location when buying a home. Many things about a house can be changed, but location isn't one of them!”

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Susan Isaacs
Coldwell Banker
Washington, DC

“Always get a survey of the lot before going to contract. Be absolutely certain of lot lines, setbacks and easements. Don't guess!”

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Bill Kelly
Bill Kelly Real Estate
Hilton Head Island, SC

“If you want a USDA Home Loan, remember that the maps that define the eligible rural areas that qualify have changed as of March 27, 2013.”

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Steve Thorne
NC FHA Experts
Cary, NC

“A personal letter to the sellers can go a long way. Sharing a bit about who you are and why you love their home can make the difference.”

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Sara Werner Costa
Vanguard Group
San Francisco, CA

“If a potential home claims 'unblockable ocean views', you should still double check with the city the max height your neighbor can build.”

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Greg Geilman
RE/MAX Estate Properties
Manhattan Beach, CA

“Do your due diligence, especially when it comes to older homes. Check for any permits if you're wondering if there were room modifications.”

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James Crandall
Ascent Real Estate
San Diego, CA

“Talk with your insurance company about a 'wind mitigation inspection'. In many states, if your home passes, it will save you $100s.”

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Eddy Workinger
ReMax
Mount Dora, FL

“When shopping for your new home, if you know you're not interested in one, don't dilly dally, move on. Your home is right around the corner.”

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Chris Hooks
Pino Agency
Pennsville, NJ

“Search for the type of property that will support your long-term interests, allow you maximum versatility, & maintain a sense of community.”

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Brooke Derby
Hawaii Life
Kohala Coast, HI

“Bring a checklist of your needs and your wants when viewing homes. It will be easier to look at the data than try to remember each house.”

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Deirdre Avery
Prudential
Philadelphia, PA

“Ask questions and investigate answers. Your questions are necessary. The answers will narrow your focus and lead you to understanding.”

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“Arrange for your homeowner's insurance to be activated a full day before you take possession. Better safe than sorry!”

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Karri Flatla
Realty Executives Devonshire
Lethbridge, AB

“Adjust your offer & expectations to be right inline with inventory levels. Is the market that you're buying in improving, declining, stable?”

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Kevin Pellatiro
Bob Parks Realty
Franklin, TN

“Ask the sellers of a potential property to provide the last 12 months of utility bills. This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises.”

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Adam Gallegos
Arbour Realty
Arlington, VA

“Be sure to pull up overhead images on Bing or Google of the area. Zoom out a bit and look for any eyesores or commercial zones nearby.”

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Lisa Johnson Sevajian
Remax Partners
Andover, MA

“Leave several stamped, large envelopes with your new address in your old house. That way the new owners can easily forward your mail.”

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“When touring homes, visit at various times of the day. Barking dogs, traffic patterns, farm smells—all worth discovering before moving in.”

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Tiffany Kjellander
EXIT Towne & Country Realty
Augusta, NJ

“When shopping a home loan always ask about the fees. The rate is major portion but the APR is the real shopping rate. ”

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Dan Ghaowi
Guaranteed Rate
Chicago, IL
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