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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 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

“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

“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

“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

“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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“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

“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

“Drive by at night, in the morning, on weekend and weekdays. Try driving to and from work during your normal hours to get a feel for traffic.”

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Joe Liuzzi
North Hills Realty
Tustin, CA

“If you like natural light, ask your Realtor if the home will get more of it in summer or winter. ”

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Jim Bilbao
eXp Realty Inc.
Seattle, WA

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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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