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Expert Insights

The best professionals always have great advice to give. Check out some expert tips that agents and lenders are sharing with their buyers!

“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

“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

“Be open to a bit of remodeling. You could spend months looking for that perfect home, when a new kitchen might have taken only weeks!”

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Michele Boudreau
Alain Pinel Realtors
Los Gatos, CA

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Buyers, get pre-approved. Don't waste your time shopping without knowing what you can afford.”

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Loren Clive
Loren Clive Realty
Kihei, HI

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Ask your agent to check the 'absorption rate' for the type of property you're buying. You'll get great insight into the marketplace.”

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Jeff Riber
ERA Heavener Realty
Jacksonville, FL
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