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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!

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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