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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!

“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

“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

“Start with location when buying a home. Many things about a house can be changed, but location isn't one of them!”

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Susan Isaacs
Coldwell Banker
Washington, DC

“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

“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

“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

“Bring ALL decision makers with you while looking at homes. Choosing is a process that begins again every time another person shows up.”

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Margaret Bruno
Urbannest Realty
Las Vegas, NV

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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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“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

“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
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