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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!

“Don't forget the inspection — even new homes may have things that were done correctly. This also applies to your family or friends' home.”

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Jamie Stimpson
Keller Williams
Marlboro, NJ

“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

“Buyers, try hard to look past the seller's furniture, toys, and even the ugly wallpaper. Imagine the space there instead--a better step.”

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Sharon Felton
Parks
Nashville, TN

“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

“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

“A lender with great rates but a poor on-time closing track record could cost you the home you really want.”

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Loren Sanders
Sea Coast Exclusive Properties
San Diego, CA

“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

“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 your agent to check the 'absorption rate' for the type of property you're buying. You'll get great insight into the marketplace.”

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Jeff Riber
ERA Heavener Realty
Jacksonville, FL

“Check on insurance costs early in the process if the home is located near large bodies of water. Flood insurance gets expensive quick.”

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Nicholas Bobenko
Condominium Realty, LTD
Ocean City, MD

“Choose a real estate professional to aid you in your search, but interview and choose just one to work with.”

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Pat Brewer
Coldwell Banker Bain
Lakewood, WA

“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

“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

“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

“Bring ALL decision makers with you while looking at homes. Choosing is a process that begins again every time another person shows up.”

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Margaret Bruno
Urbannest Realty
Las Vegas, NV

“Be open to a bit of remodeling. You could spend months looking for that perfect home, when a new kitchen might have taken only weeks!”

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Michele Boudreau
Alain Pinel Realtors
Los Gatos, CA

“Choose an agent whose primary goal is to listen, understand, and support your needs and is capable of guiding you through home buying.”

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Shannon Schmitz
Shannon Schmitz Real Estate Group
Austin, TX

“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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