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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!

“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

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

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Theresa Bastian
Keep Austin Weird Homes
Austin, TX

“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

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

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Vickie Flowe
Coldwell Banker
Myrtle Beach, SC

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

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“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

“When you're ready to buy, make sure you have your pre-qualification letter and your proof of funds ready for when you find the right home.”

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John Martelotti
Robert DeFalco Realty
Staten Island, NY

“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

“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

“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 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

“Search for the type of property that will support your long-term interests, allow you maximum versatility, & maintain a sense of community.”

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Brooke Derby
Hawaii Life
Kohala Coast, HI

“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

“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
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