Member Log In
Close

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!

“When shopping a home loan always ask about the fees. The rate is major portion but the APR is the real shopping rate. ”

agent avatar
Dan Ghaowi
Guaranteed Rate
Chicago, IL

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

agent avatar

“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.”

agent avatar
Chris Hooks
Pino Agency
Pennsville, NJ

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

agent avatar
Loren Clive
Loren Clive Realty
Kihei, HI

“Ask the sellers of a potential property to provide the last 12 months of utility bills. This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises.”

agent avatar
Adam Gallegos
Arbour Realty
Arlington, VA

“Choose a real estate professional to aid you in your search, but interview and choose just one to work with.”

agent avatar
Pat Brewer
Coldwell Banker Bain
Lakewood, WA

“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.”

agent avatar
Marie Avery
RE/MAX Alliance Group
Lakewood Ranch, FL

“Make sure your home inspector is insured. This can help protect you if they miss some major issues with the home.”

agent avatar
Elizabeth Ramsey Golden
@Homes Realty Group
Huntsville, AL

“Have your lender/broker provide two versions of your pre-approval letter — and submit one without the approved amount with your offer.”

agent avatar
Belinda Ephraim
Town Residential
New York, NY

“If you like natural light, ask your Realtor if the home will get more of it in summer or winter. ”

agent avatar
Jim Bilbao
eXp Realty Inc.
Seattle, WA

“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!”

agent avatar
Michele Boudreau
Alain Pinel Realtors
Los Gatos, CA

“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.”

agent avatar
Sara Werner Costa
Vanguard Group
San Francisco, CA

“Arrange for your homeowner's insurance to be activated a full day before you take possession. Better safe than sorry!”

agent avatar
Karri Flatla
Realty Executives Devonshire
Lethbridge, AB

“Don't forget the inspection — even new homes may have things that were done correctly. This also applies to your family or friends' home.”

agent avatar
Jamie Stimpson
Keller Williams
Marlboro, NJ

“Families with school age children should learn about the different programs offered in their target city to help focus their home search.”

agent avatar
Theresa Bastian
Keep Austin Weird Homes
Austin, TX

“Always ask for the minutes of (at least) the last two 'Home Owner Association' meetings.”

agent avatar
Vickie Flowe
Coldwell Banker
Myrtle Beach, SC

“Buyers, try hard to look past the seller's furniture, toys, and even the ugly wallpaper. Imagine the space there instead--a better step.”

agent avatar
Sharon Felton
Parks
Nashville, TN

“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.”

agent avatar

“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. ”

agent avatar
Kristin Stone
Home Happy
Alexandria, VA
See More See Less

Contribute

Hey real estate professionals, we’d love to represent your voice here. Send us your best tip, advice, or insight for buyers.

140 characters left

JPG, GIF, or PNG format, 1MB limit.