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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!

“When interviewing real estate professionals, be sure to find someone who is willing to work at your pace, with your needs being first.”

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Tiffany Kjellander
EXIT Towne & Country Realty
Augusta, NJ

“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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“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Always ask for the minutes of (at least) the last two 'Home Owner Association' meetings.”

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Vickie Flowe
Coldwell Banker
Myrtle Beach, SC

“If you are in love with a condo with no elevator, grab a couple bags of groceries and walk up the stairs a few times. See if you like it.”

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“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 your broker to provide a detailed summary of the recent homes sales that are similar to your home before you agree on sale price.”

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Ally Klopsch
Coldwell Banker
Colorado Springs, CO

“Buyers, get pre-approved. Don't waste your time shopping without knowing what you can afford.”

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Loren Clive
Loren Clive Realty
Kihei, HI

“Avoid moving money between accounts or opening new lines of credit while your loan application is in processing.”

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Jake Ryon
First Home Mortgage
Washington, DC

“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

“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

“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

“Check to see if a potential neighborhood has a Facebook page. You can gain a lot of insight about it this way!”

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Ted Moore
Keller Williams
Lenexa, KS

“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
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