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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!

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Families with school age children should learn about the different programs offered in their target city to help focus their home search.”

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Theresa Bastian
Keep Austin Weird Homes
Austin, TX

“There is often a big difference in home values from one part of town to another. Make sure you understand why.”

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Jan Baulsir
Wright Kingdom
Boulder, CO

“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

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

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“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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