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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!

“Once you've decided on a home, drive by the neighborhood at night & on the weekends when people are home to make sure you like what you see.”

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Carol Farrar
Allison James Estates & Homes
San Diego, CA

“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

“Don't focus on aesthetic — think about what is or isn't permanent! The ugly popcorn ceiling can be remodeled, but 7' ceilings are for life. ”

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Kristin Stone
Home Happy
Alexandria, VA

“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

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

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“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

“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

“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

“When you're ready to buy, make sure you have your pre-qualification letter and your proof of funds ready for when you find the right home.”

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John Martelotti
Robert DeFalco Realty
Staten Island, NY

“Maybe silly at first thought, but wear comfortable, easy-to-remove shoes when touring properties. Some sellers will ask you to remove them.”

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Catherine Myers
Windermere Real Estate
Walnut Creek, CA

“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

“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

“Ask if there are any planned changes to a potential area. A new school might increase the value, whereas a new highway might decrease it.”

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Leslie Stewart
Century 21 New Millenium
McLean, VA

“Located near a wildfire area? Consider succulents for landscaping. Since they don't burn, your fire insurance premiums could be reduced!”

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Chelsea Robinson
Rodeo Realty
Encino, CA

“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

“Select an agent that really listens to your needs and wants. You'll know when they show you the homes they have found for you.”

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Marie Avery
RE/MAX Alliance Group
Lakewood Ranch, FL

“Have your lender/broker provide two versions of your pre-approval letter — and submit one without the approved amount with your offer.”

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Belinda Ephraim
Town Residential
New York, NY

“Chatting up the neighbors can be a great way of learning more about the true pros and cons of living in a particular neighborhood.”

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Erin McGovney
Living Room Realtors
Portland, OR

“Make sure your home inspector is insured. This can help protect you if they miss some major issues with the home.”

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Elizabeth Ramsey Golden
@Homes Realty Group
Huntsville, AL

“When buying waterfront property, be sure to have an expert tell you whether a pool can be built without interfering with the seawall.”

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Jennie Blackburn
Blackburn Investors Realty
Tampa Bay, FL
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