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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!

“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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“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“Bring a marble to roll on the floor when you tour homes. You'd be amazed at how quickly this can reveal structural damage.”

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Ben Kinney
Keller Williams Western Realty
Bellingham, WA

“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
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