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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!

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“When shopping for your new home, if you know you're not interested in one, don't dilly dally, move on. Your home is right around the corner.”

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Chris Hooks
Pino Agency
Pennsville, NJ

“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

“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

“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
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