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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 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 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

“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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“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

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

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“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

“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 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 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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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