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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!

“Adjust your offer & expectations to be right inline with inventory levels. Is the market that you're buying in improving, declining, stable?”

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Kevin Pellatiro
Bob Parks Realty
Franklin, TN

“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

“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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“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 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

“Talk with your insurance company about a 'wind mitigation inspection'. In many states, if your home passes, it will save you $100s.”

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Eddy Workinger
ReMax
Mount Dora, FL

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Select an agent that really listens to your needs and wants. You'll know when they show you the homes they have found for you.”

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Marie Avery
RE/MAX Alliance Group
Lakewood Ranch, FL

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“If a potential home claims 'unblockable ocean views', you should still double check with the city the max height your neighbor can build.”

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Greg Geilman
RE/MAX Estate Properties
Manhattan Beach, CA

“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
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