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The Real Deal: Am I Ready to Buy a House?

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If you’ve had enough of your roommate eating your leftover take-out, your absentee landlord hiking the rent year after year even though the heat barely works, or your mom asking what time you — a full-grown adult the last time you checked — will be home, you might be dreaming about buying your own place, and doing it sooner rather than later.

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Posted on Sep 25, 2017

Next-Level Tips for Serious Buyers to Get the Most Out of Open Houses

Open houses are kind of fun, aren’t they? There’s something interesting about walking through a home and trying to picture yourself living there. However, when you’re serious about getting into the real estate market, it’s time to take this experience to the next level.

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Posted on Sep 22, 2017

What Real (Not-Rich) Buyers Can Do to Compete in All-Cash Markets

More than ever, we hear about people buying homes in “all cash.” But what do you do when your last name isn’t “Bezos” and you’re trying to buy a home? While you may not be popping open a cash-filled briefcase any day soon, your goal of homeownership isn’t impossible. Here’s how to compete with those all-cash buyers who seem to be taking over the market.

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Posted on Sep 21, 2017

Thinking About Buying a Short Sale? Read This First

Many buyers, especially first-timers, are enthralled by the prospect of buying a short sale — and it’s not hard to see why. Bottom basement sale prices make these transactions seem like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, most of the time, these too-good-to-be-true deals also come with a huge catch.

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Posted on Sep 15, 2017

How To Find a First Home That’ll Actually Make Money When You Sell

For most of us, buying a first home is a pretty big deal. We’re all indoctrinated from a young age with the more romantic aspects of becoming homeowners, making it hard to imagine when we purchase that first abode that we’ll ever live anywhere else.

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Posted on Sep 12, 2017

The Things No One Tells You About Selling Your House

Buying a home is a momentous time in one’s life and, accordingly, congratulatory pats on the back abound — as does unsolicited advice. Everyone has insight about everything from how to pick the perfect house for you to saving money on home repairs.

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Posted on Sep 5, 2017

How to Make it Happen: Buy the Home You Rent from Your Landlord

It might seem like a long shot, but buying the home you currently rent is a totally doable real estate endeavor. All it takes is a little time, research, and know-how to have a productive conversation with your landlord about the prospect of eventually buying your place.

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Posted on Aug 31, 2017

Fierce Negotiating Tactics for a First-Time Buyer

Just because it’s your first time buying a home doesn’t have to mean you go into negotiations completely clueless. While the whole process may be new to you, there’s actually some benefits to having it be your first time around. Here’s some tactics for negotiating your first home purchase:

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Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Renting Versus Buying: Are You Ready?

Buying a home is a big decision and there are many factors to consider when thinking of leaving the familiar world of rentals for the housing market. How do you know when it’s the right time to take the leap?

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Posted on Aug 25, 2017

Your Guide to a Good Deal: 5 Signs That a Home Price is Negotiable

After toiling through an endless trail of listings and showings, you’ve found your dream home. The only problem? The price tag that’s out of your budget. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your dream of home ownership; if you’re willing to put the research and effort in, you can often move the price point down significantly (within reason, of course). Here are some indications that you can flex your negotiation muscles:

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Posted on Aug 24, 2017

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