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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!

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

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

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Belinda Ephraim
Town Residential
New York, NY

“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
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