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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

“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

“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

“Check on insurance costs early in the process if the home is located near large bodies of water. Flood insurance gets expensive quick.”

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Nicholas Bobenko
Condominium Realty, LTD
Ocean City, MD

“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

“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

“Leave several stamped, large envelopes with your new address in your old house. That way the new owners can easily forward your mail.”

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“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“Avoid moving money between accounts or opening new lines of credit while your loan application is in processing.”

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Jake Ryon
First Home Mortgage
Washington, DC

“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
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